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Top 5 Résumé Fails (Infographic)

We’ve been dispensing a lot of CV and résumé advice over the last couple of weeks, mainly because we believe that better CVs benefit everybody.

I think it’s fair to say that as recruiters we’ve seen our fair share of badly written, hideous looking and just down right awful CVs sent to us by hopeful candidates, in our time. But on the flip side we’ve all also seen at least one immaculate, easy to read, visually pleasing, gem of a CV that was a pleasure to read and resulted in us making a great hire. What if every CV could be like that one? It would certainly make our jobs a little easier wouldn’t it? So with that in mind, we present to you the Top 5 Résumé Fails – a guide to help candidates improve their CVs’, in order to help us improve the way we hire.

A sort of recruiters helping candidates helping recruiters kind of thing. So pass it along!

Top Takeaways:

  • 38% of recruiters spend less then 1 minute looking at your CV.
  • Avoid padding or over-embellishing our CV. Stick to the point and stick to the truth. Use bullet points to help you.
  • 90% of recruiters will use keyword reading technology to screen your CV before they even shed eyes on it, so be very careful with how you choose to word it. Spend time researching both how the job description for the job you’re applying for, and other similar job descriptions, are written. Note the words that are mentioned repeatedly and be sure to include them in your own CV.
  • Don’t throw away a job opportunity with bad spelling and grammar. Once you have completed your CV, read it out loud to yourself or get your computer to read it back to you (almost all PCs and Macs have text to speech technology). Better still, get a friend or family member to read it. There’s nothing like a fresh set of eyes to catch mistakes you may have overlooked.
  • 79% of recruiters have said that they pay far more attention to CVs that are tailored/customised for the open position. Make sure your CV shows a clear match between your qualifications, skills and experience and the requirements of the role you’re applying for.


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