3 Common CV Mistakes

3 Common CV Mistakes

3 Common CV Mistakes

It’s the dreaded time where you have to update or write your CV. But, did you know there are 3 Common CV Mistakes that everyone makes?

Content Placement

Where you position your experiences or education can have a serious impact on how employers perceive you and your ability. Make sure to strategically place content on your CV to draw the reader’s attention.

If you are a recent graduate searching for a position in your field, your education should be BEFORE your work experience as it is more relevant. However, if you have 5 years in the industry then you might want to showcase this before your education.

Is it Difficult to Read?

This could mean a number of things, but essentially, are you providing the employer with clear and concise information without compromising the length?

A CV should incorporate 5 key sections:

  • Personal Details
  • Career Summary (4 – 5 lines)
  • Skills (in table format)
  • Work Experience (or education if more relevant)
  • Education (this can also include certs, qualifications and training)
  • Make sure to make good use of formatting and include spaces, bold or italics. This can add some flair to your CV. Try not to overpower it with bullet points, as this can make it difficult to source important information.

    Unsure of your CV?

    Having a Generic CV

    A CV can be one of two things: 1) Specific or 2) Generic. A generic CV is one that fits every position that you are applying for. It states your experience and achievements, but without anything new.

    A specific CV is one that targets the job description. Highlight the key points and then tailor your CV accordingly. Most of your duties will already be focused to some extent, but there might be other points that you left out. These edits may take some time, but in the end it is worth it.

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