Writing a CV can be a daunting task. Trying to put on paper all your key attributes and skills to make yourself as employable as possible is not as easy as it may sound, even if we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses.
Here are 4 Key Mistakes to avoid:
1- Poor Structure
Your CV should be very clear and easy to read for the employer. There is nothing worse than a CV that is difficult to read or which lacks clarity from the standpoint of a recruiter. Not only does this give a bad initial impression, it also makes it much more likely they will not even bother to read your CV. To avoid this, make sure you use a simple and clear font, making paragraphs as concise as possible, avoiding large spaces in between lines. The simpler, the better as recruiters will not hesitate to bypass candidates who make numerous mistakes.
2- Spelling Mistakes
The most basic and crucial element for any CV is it should be free of any spelling or grammatical errors, even if your first language is not English. Not only is it important to show your level of English is up to standard but also shows the employer your attention to detail, even for the smallest of details. Proofreading is very often underestimated, but a lack of checking can easily cost you a position even if your credentials are outstanding.
3- Not being truthful
Many candidates are often tempted to slip in a few extra job roles on their work experience in order to make them more appealing for the job they are seeking. They are thinking which job employer is going to bother checking all my past roles, right? Employers can easily distinguish a CV which lacks credibility and even if they don’t, getting an interview or even the job role will only create huge embarrassment further down the line. Lying about your past education, work experience is a criminal offence. Make sure to take your CV application very seriously, it’s always better to be honest over the long run.
It is easy to state numerous job roles or grades that you have achieved whilst working or at University. However, they mean very little if you are unable to contextualise them and make them clear for the employer. Your role as a candidate is to showcase the skills that you have learnt from the roles and how they are transferable to the position you are currently seeking.