Writing your CV can be hard. And if you’re anything like me you probably obsess over the little details. In order to make sure that your CV doesn’t have any red flags, make sure that you’re not making any of these mistakes.
Typographical And Grammatical Errors
This may seem like the most obvious thing in the world. However, even when you double-check your CV you can miss some of these mistakes. Your writer’s bias makes you miss mistakes that may be obvious to another pair of eyes. What you want to do is run your CV through a free service like Grammarly. Otherwise, ask someone else to take a look through.
Keep It Under Two Pages
It’s always a good thing to remember that you’re not the only one applying for a position. So, if your CV ends up being too long, it is harder for a hiring manager to go through the whole thing. If your qualifications end up being unable to fit on two pages, you need to cut some things out. Take out your work experiences that are not in line with the current role you’re applying for.
Not Customizing Your CV To Each Application
Another thing that you should avoid in your CV is generalisations that end up being too broad. Instead, you should focus on qualities that are more suited to the role that you’re applying for. Highlight those the most, and make the hiring manager feel that your CV was made for that job description.
Using Keywords In Unnatural Ways
There is a certain pressure to use some keywords that make you appear more suitable for the role that you’re applying for. However, if you overdo this and stuff your CV full of keywords it can put a hiring manager off. Make sure that the keywords that you use fit in the contexts that you use them in. One way to make sure that you are not forcing any keywords into sentences is by having someone else take a look at your CV. Honestly, have someone else take a look at your CV. This solves more than just one problem.
Achievements Should Have Quantifiable Outcomes
When you talk about your achievements, you should define their outcomes. Don’t use phrases like ‘made better’ and ‘improved’ among others. When you do this your achievements come off as biased value judgements. Let the results speak for themselves.
Outdated Contact Information
Imagine that a hiring manager looks at your application and want to call you in to interview. Now imagine that you forgot to put your new MTN number on, instead of the Vodafone that you stopped using a month ago. You miss the call. And you miss the opportunity. Always make sure that your CV has your updated contact information.
Using An Inappropriate Email Address
Makes sure that the email address that you’re using is one that is appropriate for a job search. Email addresses that you used because they were cool, or that you use for social media should not find their place in your job search applications. Additionally, you should avoid outdated email hosts like Yahoo or Hotmail. This can make you appear out of touch with the times.
Check your CV again to make sure that you are not making any of these jarring mistakes. When you’re done, make sure that someone else checks it for you.