10 COMMON CV MISTAKES TO AVOID

10 COMMON CV MISTAKES TO AVOID

Mr Albert? Oh, sorry, Mr Jason…

It may seem very bad but make sure that you have spelt the name of the person you’re sending the application to correctly – on the email and on your cover letter… and that you have their title correct. Mr Albert doesn’t want to be called Mr Jones, after all. Then, just to be on the safe side, double-check the office, company and product names that your spellchecker wouldn’t have caught. Here we will cover up common cv mistakes to avoid.

Right application, wrong company

If you’re sending out precise number of applications at once double and triple check that the right CV is going to the right job. Every CV should be not same – slightly tweaked to make sure it fits each job advert. If you send the wrong resumes to the wrong job then you can really harm your chances…

 

Get attached

Attach your all necessary attachments, It does not look good if 2 minutes after you press send you email them again with a bashful ‘and this time with attachments’. This is true if you’ve listed attention to detail as one of your attribute.

Ready, set, format!

Make sure the format of your CV is easy to open for all systems – or at least most of them. There are so many different versions of MS Word now that some machines can’t access the files attached – it’s best to save your resumes CV as a standard .doc file that any computer can open. Also, avoid too much formatting – if it’s a highly designed CV for a creative role then a PDF file is a best option.

Judge a book by its title

Your resume CV should have your name, in bold and clearly laid out, at the top of the document. Make sure not to write ‘CV’ at the top or even ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (shudder). You want them to remember your full name!

 

Think about it

Make sure the email you’re sending the application from isn’t a cutesy personal email address r ID. Beerlover69@gmail.com isn’t likely to be taken seriously. This is also reality of the email address you have added to your CV as a point of contact. Also make sure that no spell mistake is seen on CV.

.…But remember

Spell checkers aren’t infallible. Go through it yourself and look for all type errors; if you’re not confident in editing your own work then get a friend or family member to go over it for your help. You can always bribe them with a cup of tea and biscuits. Lucky them.

And, finally

Now, take a breath. Have one more read through – yes, AGAIN! – and if you’re sure everything is clear than correct press send…