10 CV Mistakes to Avoid (Infographic)

Putting together a CV/resumé can be extremely tricky. What information should you include? What sort of language should you use? How long should you make it? These are all common questions pondered by millions of job seekers on a daily basis and this infographic from Armstrong Appointments, has all the answers to them:

 

Top Takeaways:

  • Always ask someone else to cast an eye over your CV to check for spelling errors you may have missed, and always take the time to read your CV aloud to yourself to check for grammatical errors.
  • Bullet points are your friends! When describing your skills, abilities and achievements scrap lengthy explanations in favour of bulleted keywords.
  • Don’t send the same CV to every employer. “One size fits all” is not a concept to be applied to your CV! Personalise and tweak your CV according to the specific job and employer you’re applying to. Doing so will make your CV more appealing and more relevant.
  • Give real-life examples of what you have achieved in previous jobs and include actual figures if you can. Show the employer what you are capable of bringing to their table.
  • White space on a CV is incredibly important. It makes it easier and more inviting to read.
  • Less is more. Your CV should be a maximum of 2 A4 pages long.
  • Junk the jargon! Avoid using commonly, over-used phrases like “team player“, “synergy” or “excellent communicator” on your CV. If employers have seen these phrases once, we’ve seen them a thousand times! Be original.
  • Double check that important details like your phone number and email address are properly typed up. The last thing you want is for a keen employer/recruiter to be prevented from contacting you due to a typo in your contact details!

 

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