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Avoid CV mistakes that will stop you from getting the interview

Avoid CV mistakes that will stop you from getting the interview

  1. Check the spelling, the formatting and the wording
  2. Make sure the information are relevant
  3. Use a professional template
  4. Update your personal information
  5. 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...


1. Typos


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!


10. Photo


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.


12. Business-speak


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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