The most common mistakes made when writing a CV

The most common mistakes made when writing a CV

Whatever we think about our digital world, CV’s are still very much traditional in their presentation.  A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a self marketing tool which has to accurately and positively introduce you to an Agency or a potential new employer.

Get it wrong and you risk missing the opportunity and ridicule.  Keep it short and factual (ideally now more than two sides of A4) and ensure you present it in a professional font.  Please no Comic Sans!

The first part of your CV needs to be your personal statement.  There are many examples of pre written personal statements out there, however you should never just cut and paste.  Employers have seen it all before and will spot it a mile off.  This is your opportunity to show you have the skills and experience they need and will most probably make their decision based on your personal statement.  By all means research how to write one but don’t pinch it!

As a nation of social media loving and oversharing individuals, this is one area where less is definitely more!  You perhaps don’t need to go into your jobs whilst on your gap year.. keep it relevant to the job you are applying for.  Highlight the important job roles that are relevant to the role you are applying for.  Use bullet points so it is easier to get your major jobs and achievements over.

Our last gem of wisdom is… don’t get clever or embellish the truth! Untruths are always found out and will only cause you embarrassment.

Good luck.

The most common mistakes made when writing a CV