Your CV can be your first impression to a potential employer. It needs to represent you in the best possible light as it’s your chance to introduce yourself to the manager at your dream job. In this blog post we share just some of the things you should not do in your CV and avoid when writing your CV.
- Over Confidence
It’s great to be confident but avoid using cocky language in your profile statement. This can come across as negative. Instead be professional in what you write say. This will help you come across in a much better light.
- Bad Formatting
This often happens when you add to your CV as you go along. It can result in different fonts and layouts per job. You may have bullet points in one job, numbers in another, and plain paragraphs in a different. You need to make sure it is clear to see where new sections begin. Save your CV as a PDF so it is easy to open on all mobile devices.
- Porky Pies
While it may be tempting to exaggerate here and there, this will not do you any favours in the long run. You will get found out. Employers and recruiters will do background checks and call employers. Make sure you do not lie in your CV as this could be considered as fraud.
- No Contact Information
Don’t presume that because you emailed your CV with a cover letter that the recruiter has your contact details. Put your contact details such as full name, address, email and phone number at the top right of the page. This is where recruiters expect to see the information so it will be easy to find when they want to contact you for an interview.
- Walls of Text
Just like we have broken up the text in this blog post, you need to do the same in your CV. Split up the text with headers, sub headers and bullet points. This makes the content easier to navigate, but it looks more engaging too. Remember, your CV is not a movie script. Give the reader room to breath and take in what they are reading. Clear spacing will help make your CV look more organised too.
- Long Profile Statements
A profile statement should be one or two lines that tells the reader your biggest attributes and your future career goals. This profile statement doesn’t need to be your life story. It is just there to introduce yourself and set the scene and tone for your CV. Make it real to you, instead of copying what others have written.
- No Skills Section
While it’s important to include your skills in your different job roles, you should have a separate skills section too. This will help you highlight your skills and abilities so an employer can really see why they need to employ you. Include any software you have used, any work-experience of life skills from volunteering for example.
Now that you know what not to do in your CV, get writing. When you have put your CV together send it to our team of friendly recruitment consultants in Huntingdon. We will review your CV and give you a call to book your recruiter interview. This helps us get a real understanding of who you so we can find the perfect job for you.