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We all know looking for a new job can be scary, which is why we have put together these five most common CV mistakes for you to avoid! It’s pretty self-explanatory but, your CV is your shop window for a perspective employer to find out about you, as well as your qualifications and work experience to judge whether you are suitable for the role that they have. It therefore almost goes without saying that your CV should be as perfect as you can make it.
Here are our five key takeaways of common mistakes that we see on CVs:
Being concise with your CV is key. Obviously you need to get across your experience and qualifications for the role to the prospective employer or recruitment consultant but keep it relevant and succinct. Keeping your CV to two pages is generally considered the right length, but we would recommend keeping it under the 4 page limit.
One way to help keep your CV relevant and succinct is to customise your CV for each of the roles that you apply for. This way you can highlight any particular skill or qualification that is particularly required for the role you’re applying for. As automation is becoming more prevalent in the likes of CV screening, it is important that you match your skills and experiences to the key words in the job role description. Make sure however to keep a ‘master’ CV on file which contains all of your experience and skills as a central reference.
Consider the design and layout of your CV and make sure that it is easy to read and that the key points stand out. This can be done through the use of bullet points, a consistently applied font through the document. Resist the urge to use different colour fonts and photos/images as these can cause a CV to be stopped by spam filters!
Nothing kills a CV like a spelling mistake. It might seem pretty obvious but it is a common mistake on CVs that we see very often. Get someone to look over your CV and proof read it and then run a spell check on it.
The best CVs also include a profile summary of you. For other great advice on you job search visit our Candidate Insights section and of course don't forget to apply to our jobs!