One of PPS’s recruitment co-ordinators, who sees 100’s of CVs on a weekly basis, was asked to discuss the most common mistakes that she comes across.
Due to the increasingly competitive job market, it is essential that your CV and application demonstrates immediately and exactly what you can do and why you are the right person for the role. This is your first opportunity to let an employer know why they should hire you, which is why you need to ensure that it is relevant, correct and error free.
The most common mistakes to make on a CV and application are:
Lack of attention to detail
It’s essential that spelling and grammar is correct. If you are unsure, ask someone to proof read it for you and use the spell check on your PC. Ensure that all information asked of you is completed on the application form. Copying and pasting from a previous application, and forgetting to change the name of the organisation you are applying to is likely to result in an immediate end to your application!
If you put the wrong contact details on the CV, how will you be contacted? If you put the wrong grades or qualifications on the CV, and are found out, your application will be rejected! Make sure all your details are correct.
Lack of personal profile
This is a great way to catch the reader’s interest and show them why you are the right person for the job. Read the job description thoroughly and make sure you match your skills to those that the role and company are looking for.
Information in the wrong order
The recruiter needs to see the most relevant information as soon as possible. Start with the most recent work experience. Don’t fill up the first half of your CV with less relevant information such as short training courses!
Try to keep your CV to 2 pages if possible. You do not need to include reasons for leaving and salary as you will be asked this at the interview stage.
Try to avoid writing long paragraphs, use bullet points as this is a quick and easy way for the recruiter to see your skills.