Avoid these mistakes on your CV at all costs!

You’ve found the perfect job to apply for and are convinced you’d be the right fit. You’re all ready to fire off your CV and cover letter, but before you do, take a minute to read the following tips. Avoiding these common mistakes could affect your chances of landing your dream job.

  1. One size fits all. Every role you apply for will have different requirements, so it’s important that you tailor each CV to the job in hand. If you already have various CVs for different job types, make sure you send the most appropriate one to give yourself the best possible chance of success, ensuring that it fits with the job description of the role you are applying for.
  2. A bad start. You want the person reading your CV to remember your name and key details, so make sure these are included right at the top. If you’re still writing CV or Curriculum Vitae as a header, get rid of it!
  3. Grammatical errors. There’s no place for errors on your CV. Don’t rush to send off an incomplete document or one that is full of typos, grammatical errors and repetition. Check it through several times yourself using your spell checker and ask someone you trust to do the same.
  4. Terrible formatting. Your CV should impress at first glance, so if it’s difficult to read, contains strange spacing or uses a ‘quirky’ colour scheme (stick to black!) you need to change the formatting. Just as people judge a book by its cover, they will judge you by the appearance of your CV. If you don’t want them to assume you are messy and disorganised, tidy it up!
  5. Staying unattached. We’ve all fired off emails without their attachments and that’s easily rectified, but when you’re applying for a job it’s best if you can remember to attach your CV first time round.
  6. Getting the recipient’s details wrong. Make sure that you get the name of the person you are sending your application to right, both on your cover letter and in the accompanying email. There’s nothing worse than sending your CV off to a Ms Smith only to realise ‘she’ is actually Mr Smyth.
  7. Don’t use an inappropriate email address. If your personal email address doesn’t sound professional, avoid using it to send out your emails. Partygirl1972@gmail.com might not give the impression you are aiming for! If you don’t have a suitable email account, set up a new one. It will be handy to have all your job emails going into and out of a dedicated account anyway.

Finally, don’t pin all your hopes on one application. It may sound like your dream job, but keep an eye out for other opportunities just in case. And when something crops up, follow the steps above to ensure that your CV doesn’t end up in the bin!


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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25

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