- Check the spelling, the formatting and the wording
- Make sure the information are relevant
- Use a professional template
- Update your personal information
- Match the company requirement
It can be hard to spot those small errors on your CV – especially when you're in a rush to send off your application!
But unfortunately, they're exactly the kinds of mistakes that hiring managers always spot.
Here are 13 CV mistakes that mean your application will always get ignored...
Print it out and proof it over and over. Then give it to someone else to proof.
2. Too wordy
Never use a long word when a short one will do!
3. Bad formatting
Use a proper template that's coherent and easy to scan.
4. Doesn't use the right keywords
Some employers will use software that scans for keywords – make sure yours are in there!
5. Too long
One page is enough – anything more than that is usually filler!
6. Irrelevant experience
You don't need to list every job you've ever had. Choose the one that are the most relevant.
7. Unprofessional email address
It's probably time you retired Cool_Sk8r_Dude@hotmail.com.
8. Bad grammar
Read it aloud over and over. Does anything sound strange?
9. Irrelevant information
Leave your home address and DOB off!
Unless they ask for one, it's just taking up valuable space.
11. Bad font
Pick a professional, readable font like Georgia, Arial, or Calibri.
No blue-sky thinkers or 110 percenters allowed.
13. Old fashioned-isms
Bin the fax number and stop listing Microsoft Word as a skill – it's expected nowadays!
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