When job hunting, your CV is the most powerful tool you have. It is often your first contact with potential employers and you need to make a good impression. Many employers only scan through a CV and if they don’t like what they see, they toss it aside. To make sure you stay on the pile, avoid the following don’ts when compiling your CV.
1. Don’t include a list of irrelevant job positions
Recruiters and potential employers don’t have the time or patience to read through a long list of jobs that has no relevance to the job you are applying for. Only list the work experience that is relevant to what you are applying for or where you learned important skills that you will use in your future career.
2. Don’t send your CV out with spelling and grammar mistakes
Edit and proofread your CV several times once you’ve completed it. For the best chance of eliminating all errors, ask a friend or two to also have a look. Other people more easily spot errors in our work than we do. Another check that can help, is using a programme like Grammarly on the Internet.
3. Don’t include a photo of yourself
It is human nature to judge by appearance. If you are not applying for an acting or modelling job, don’t include a photo. Avoid including any information like marital status or age that could cause unfair judgement. These things do not influence your ability to do a job. It is important to note that some countries require a photo with every job application. Make sure if this is a requirement for you or not.
4. Don’t forget about proper formatting and presentation
How your CV looks, is very important. It is the first impression of yourself to a potential recruiter or employer. You want to use a clear font, good spacing, good structure, and good use of space. Your formatting should look organised and well presented. You should have no excessive use of white space, but also don’t cram too much information into the CV.
5. Don’t lie about your skills and experience
Your CV needs to be real and truthful. Serious recruiters and employers will ask for and check references. They may even check your education history to make sure you are not a fraud. Many people use lies to land a job, but recruiters and employers have become vigilant about checking facts. Lying on your CV creates a very bad picture of you when you get caught. Rather keep it real and honest and improve in areas where you are lacking.
Avoid these 5 things in your CV and you will have a good looking and well-organised CV that employers will not toss aside, but rather give some more attention to.