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CV Mistakes – Which Mistakes to avoid


CV’s – The Mistakes Not To Make

When creating a CV it’s always best to use, or at least begin with, a template. This way you’re sure to end up with a very structured resume that’s easy to read and understand and that gets to the point quickly (so that the prospective employer doesn’t get bored or distracted before your winning credentials have even been noticed).

Using just any generic template isn’t always advisable though, and many people forget the appearance, design and language should reflect the job you’re going for.

For instance,  people think that if you’re a professional, manager or executive, then the style of the CV, from color and font to the general layout, should be very clean, crisp, clear, and monochrome so that it properly reflects the image of the business (i.e. Business Suits). Although this isn’t always wrong, it’s extremely advisable to look to the COMPANY itself for ideas. What’s their motto? Do they have an ‘image’ that they’re looking to uphold? What do they say they’re looking for in their employees?

An example of this would be Virgin. Richard Branson has ensured that every area of the Virgin Group is presented as fun, bubbly, unique, professional and caring yet ‘different’, and so a CV that includes a photo of you looking happy and relaxed is advisable, as is an ‘eye catching’ template and a slightly informal ‘feel’. Always remember that keeping it easy to read and understand, and always pleasant to look at, is essential no matter what though!

CV Advice

Although every CV should be professional, clear and easy to read, there are levels of professionalism. Often this professionalism can be in the language used, for instance if you’re going for a ‘fun’ or ‘informal’ job, then you may want to sound a little relaxed, friendly, bubbly and informal. Should you be applying for a job at an accountancy firm your language should almost definitely be super formal, demonstrating your skills with language without alienating your audience.

The template itself is an area that many people fall down with. You should always ensure that your skills are focussed on near the top, and ideally avoid cliche’s (like ‘works well in a team’ or ‘committed’) unless you can truly back these claims up with evidence. Everyone uses these ‘positive’ words, but very few include examples or instances where these skills have actually been demonstrated, meaning an employer will usually be very dubious when reading your CV.

If all else fails or you’re simply not sure what to do, then it’s difficult to fail with a traditional, simple template – meaning black and white text, a white page, a bold header stating your name, your contact details, a short and snappy introduction, and then your skills, relevant experience and education. It may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people avoid this layout and opt for different fonts, text sizes, and colors – only resulting in giving the viewer a headache and your CV being moved far out of sight.

Even if it’s not been requested, it’s often a good idea to include ONE passport sized photograph of you. This can do wonders for your success rate, as most CV’s are ONLY text and this means that when the employer sees your face they’ll feel more connected to you over the other candidates.

CV Flow

Personally, I’d say that as far as the content of your CV goes, it really is advisable to sit down and list your experiences, achievements, previous duties, skills, and factors that you think make you a GREAT candidate. Ask around for ideas too – you’ll be surpirsed what good qualities other people see in you! Once you have this list it will be far easier to categorize it and transfer these details into your CV template.

The biggest mistake many people make is highlighting their previous duties, rather than their achievements. This is what sets you apart from the crowd, and in this job market today you can be sure you’re application is one of many!

Finally, ensure you get a second opinion from a friend or family member, and ensure it’s proofread by someone that has a good command of English. Once again, it may sound obvious, but CV’s are often submitted with spelling or grammatical errors, and not only can this harm your chances severely of getting the job, but it can completely prevent you from getting it if your contact details are wrong too!

If you follow this advice, do your research on the company, target your CV and avoid the mistakes mentioned,  then you’re sure to increase your chances of success and finally GET THAT JOB!  Need more imput or looking for CV services, click the link to review more CV information.