Top 5 CV Mistakes – updated

I see a lot of CVs (several dozen a week) and very few score more than about 60/100 in our free reviews and there is a common thread to the mistakes – 1/ It doesn’t say it’s a CV! Blindingly obvious but so many people forget to put CV or Curriculum Vitae at the top of their CV. This may seem trivial but it’s supposed to be a professional document…

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How do I describe my job on a CV?

This is an area of a CV that is very easy to get wrong and the vast majority of CVs that we see contain some basic errors when describing job roles. The area I’ll cover in this post is the Header. The Header: You need to put yourself in the recruiter or employers shoes and consider what they’re looking for in order of importance. As an example of this lets…

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Do I need a different CV for different Jobs?

I often hear this idea bandied about and the answer is No…and Yes! There are certain aspects of your CV that you can’t really change. Your education, training, memberships, age, interests and your career. They are what they are. But, you can slant your CV to appeal to a recruiter or employer for a specific role by having a properly written and constructed opening to your CV. This needs to…

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“Successfully” – is this the most overused word in a CV?

Recently I have noticed the prevalence of the word “Successfully” in CVs to describe an achievement. Why do people use it? Probably because they’ve read a list of “Power Words” to use in a CV that they believe will give it more impact, but this doesn’t really work. Why not? Well it’s just too generic and without substantiation it doesn’t really mean a great deal. A good (read poor!) example…

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CV Services

We’re not just a CV Writing Service! There’s more to writing a CV these days than just putting your education and career history onto 2 sides of A4 with a Personal Statement at the beginning. Gone are the days when the only time you applied for a job was when an advert appeared in the jobs section of the Telegraph or the Grauniad (that’s a deliberate error!) asking you to…

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Does your CV Sell You?

Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But, it’s probably the commonest mistake we see when we review CVs. Ultimately a CV is about you, but you’re not writing it for yourself but rather to achieve your career objective. Whoever reads your CV will, in all probability, have never heard of you or met you and just wants to know that you meet their objectives and requirements. You really need to make sure that when a recruiter or employer…

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If you can’t spell…

If you can’t spell Curriculum Vitae then don’t put it on your CV – just use “CV”. Then latest incorrect spellings we have seen are: CURRICULAM  VITA Cirriculum Vitea and Curiculum Vitae. The commonest cause of the incorrect spelling is using CAPITALS which don’t get picked up by the spell checker in Word. So, if you are writing your own CV and spelling is not your strong point, make sure you…

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