Top 10 Worst CV Mistakes You Can Make
Ah, the CV. The document that is meant to reflect you as a professional individual in the best possible light, capturing not only your academic and employment careers but also who you are as a person and what you can bring to the table. Bearing this all in mind, your CV is also supposed to be succinct and not a novel about your life history. So, how on earth do you not only get this right but also make yourself stand out from the many?
Read on, folks. We have taken first-hand advice from our fantastic MyKindaFuture Recruitment Team on how to tackle the world of the CV just in time for your applications.
1. Under no circumstances, ever, forget to put both your email address and mobile number on your CV. It sounds simple – but still a lot of people miss this. Make sure you are easy to contact by providing both. And make sure your email address is professional and not the one you made when you were 12.
2. Always feature a profile that summarises you as an individual and what your career aspirations are. Adapt this as you apply to different roles and companies and tailor it to each opportunity so employers can envisage you in their role. Each CV should differ slightly.
3. Don’t use a photo of yourself on your CV. It is not necessary; if you are impressive enough on paper and manage to land an interview then would be the time to impress with your physical appearance.
4. Format your CV well. Use a plain, basic font and make sure the body of the CV remains the same size. Use a maximum of two sides for the whole CV.
5. Make sure you provide dates (month/year) for your education and employment history. This provides a good timeline element to your CV.
6. Be honest. It’s really easy and sometimes tempting to think a white lie about a grade or how long you stayed within a job will make you stand out a little better, however this may catch up with you later on in the interview process or in the job itself.
7. Do not write ‘CV’ or ‘Curriculum Vitae’. We all know what the document is! Instead it’s often a good idea to use the header as your name. Use bold and larger lettering to make your name stand out.
8. Try and avoid leaving ‘gaps’. Although it is understandable that there may be gaps in your employment or education experience, try and fill these gaps by discussing any extra-curricular activities or volunteering you may have done – the employer may well question them!
9. Develop your personal brand and use it. What values and qualities do you think you possess as an individual? How do you plan to use these qualities in your career? What do you envisage as your career? By introducing a uniquely honest personal brand you can weave this into your opening profile and stand out very well. This way you touch on your employment aspirations as well as your personal achievements and goals.
10. Check it over. It is said so many times – but trust us, checking a CV twice isn’t enough. Once you consider it finished, check thoroughly 3-4 times and then get a friend or family member to check it finally. Mistakes and errors on a CV doesn’t make anyone look good and you want to appear competent and professional at first glance, and are very off-putting to an employer at initial application stages.
So, have a look at your CV and make sure each of these points apply. If so, go ahead and use it at your own free will to all of the opportunities that spark an interest! Thank us later.