Crafting a good CV is not easy, but it can make all the difference between selection and rejection. If you really want that interview call, resist the urge to do a rush job. Take the time to proofread your English application and ensure that it is completely error-free. To help you out, here is CVcorrect’s list of five common mistakes to avoid in your CV.
Five CV errors that could cost you an interview
- Missing contact information: This should seem obvious. But you would be surprised how many people provide incomplete contact details. Remember, your CV should list your full postal address, telephone and/or mobile number, and email address. The details should be placed prominently in your CV, so that the reader does not have to go looking for it.
- Grammar problems and typos: Poor grammar sends recruiters the wrong message. It may suggest that your writing skills are not up to the mark or, worse, that you are unprofessional and careless. Hence, proofreading your CV is crucial. If English is not your native language, get an English-speaking friend or a professional editor to do it for you.
- Poor formatting: Formatting issues have been the death of many a CV. Haphazard spacing is a common problem. When writing your CV, ensure consistency in spacing between lines and sections. See to it that the text is correctly aligned. Remember, a well-formatted CV is not only easy on the eye but also speaks volumes about your attention to detail.
- Use of images, colour and/or fancy fonts: Colour and pictures have no place in a CV, not unless you are applying for a creative design job. Besides, a pretty font that looks nice on your computer screen might be unreadable on the screen of a potential employer. Consider that he/she might be using different software to open your file. The focus should not be on prettifying your CV but on highlighting your qualifications and abilities.
- Lack of detail: Recruiters want to know more than just your designation and the names of your employers. Be sure to add some bullet points about your responsibilities and achievements under each entry. When mentioning your educational qualifications, include details like your final grade, majors, and thesis title. The goal is to provide information that strengthens your application. So, focus on the qualities that make you a suitable candidate.
Avoiding CV errors will strengthen your application
When sending out applications, your CV creates the crucial first impression. A concise, clear and error-free CV could lead to a favourable review of your application. Indeed, a well-written CV holds the key to that much-desired interview call.