Top 5 CV Mistakes – updated

I see a lot of CVs 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 […]

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Writing a good CV

Writing a good CV. If you’re genuinely certain that you’re a fit for a job that you applied for and didn’t get an interview, then there is something wrong with your CV/resume. Writing a good CV is a skill. Sometimes the relevant information to get an interview isn’t in your CV/resume, or it’s hidden in a storm of irrelevant detail. You could argue that the […]

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Employment History

Should I include all of my employment history on a CV? This is a common question and the simple answer is a resounding yes! I see many CVs that only have the last 15 years experience on them, and when I ask why, the answer is inevitably always the same – “I was told by a recruiter that my earlier career wasn’t relevant”. Well, they’re […]

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Mobile numbers

Check your mobile number! If you’ve changed your mobile phone and got a new number, have you updated it on your CV? It’s amazing how many times this happens. Probably 1 in 20 CVs that we review have the wrong mobile number. It’s not too difficult for a recruiter or employer to email you to tell you this, but just consider what they’re thinking of […]

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Spelling…

I just found a spelling mistake on the website. It must have been there for at least 6 months. I’d spelled “thought” as “though”, and of course, the spell checker doesn’t pick that up :( I’m going to sit in the corner and cry in shame.

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CV or Curriculum Vitae?

I get asked occasionally whether it’s better to put CV or Curriculum Vitae on a CV, and I always tell people that it doesn’t really matter, just so long as you spell it correctly! Lately I’ve seen a lot of CVs that don’t have either on them. This is a simple mistake to make, and you might think it doesn’t matter as it’s perfectly obvious […]

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Should I put LinkedIn on my CV?

More and more people are registering with LinkedIn and that’s because it is a great networking tool, but should you put it on your CV? No, is the simple answer. This goes back to the most basic (and often forgotten) piece of advice on CVs, which is that you must always remember that a CV is to get you an interview. The 3 reasons not […]

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Writing a Profile

All good CVs need a profile but they need to be written in a certain way that imparts 2 key pieces of information to the reader. Firstly, it should be a précis of your experience. This does not mean a repeat of the employment section of your CV but a simple statement about what you are i.e. a Sales Manager; a Programmer; a Primary School […]

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