Looking for a new job can be exciting, and sometimes you can get some early wins that make the time spent on your search seem worthwhile. But it can sometimes be a long, drawn-out process that can get frustrating and difficult, with endless “no” emails and no explanation.
To try and make your job search as efficient as possible, we have highlighted the most common mistakes jobseekers make on their CVs, and the reason why you might not be at the top of the list for your dream job. It's time to get editing!
1. generic content
CVs cannot be generic. It’s our number one rule. Never assume that recruiters and employers won’t notice when you submit a generic CV, we will! It’s important that your CV recognises that every job is different and that you meet the specific needs of the job you are applying for. Make sure you address the job description and the skills required in your CV.
2. it looks old-fashioned or is hard to read
We understand that not every jobseeker is able to design and produce an incredible looking CV, however, there’s no excuse for submitting a CV that looks like a five year old put it together. Make sure your information is clear and concise, easy-to-read and well presented. Try to break up your information into digestible chunks of info using bullet points and headings. Make sure you list your skills separate area so that employers can pick out your attributes at a glance.
3. it isn't all true
It might be tempting to make up a lie or two to win a job, but lying on your CV will never work in the long run. If it does work, and you are hired, then you will have to back-up your experience and admit to your lie… not a good look. What’s more, employers these days have a number of tools at their disposal to check and verify your information, including your social networks and by contacting the institutions you are claiming you went to… so don’t do it.
Remember, your CV is your ticket to the world of work – it should be the best example of you possible and reflect your personal brand. Before you submit your CV for a job, make sure it’s:
- Easy to read
- Looks good
- Stands out
For more help on your CV, read three ways to customise your CV