Your CV is the first contact you will make with your potential employer. Make sure your CV is a showstopper and not a disaster! Here are some tips from our recruitment specialist Anika on how to avoid common CV writing mistakes:
- Be honest on your CV; the truth will always surface. Do not omit information and do not add information that doesn’t pertain to you.
- Employers and recruiters prefer dealing with issues or problems upfront, rather than getting a “surprise” at the end of the process. Omitting things like dismissal and criminal records will only negatively paint your entire application.
- Avoid sending your CV with a photograph unless specifically asked for it. If you feel the need to have your photo on your CV, it needs to be in formal attire with a frontal view. Make sure it is low res.
- Take out all unnecessary personal details, like hobbies, your spouse’s name, religion and telephone numbers of relatives.
- Do not merely list transferable skills like team player or self-starter. Instead, list your achievement and show examples of your successes.
- Use an easy to read and neat format. Make sure that your format is consistent throughout your CV.
- Make your CV short and impactful. Employers are specifically interested in your most recent experience and how it would relate to their vacancy. If you are an entry-level candidate, focus on highlights of your education and internships.
If you need any help, feel free to contact us today! Email Anika at firstname.lastname@example.org