CV blunders hit jobseekers’ chances of securing employment

Job-seekers are hurting their chances of securing new employment by not spending enough time on their CV, according to a survey. The most common mistake is sending a general CV to employers, rather than tailoring it to a specific role, according to research by the National Careers Service. Two thirds of careers advisers said this stopped people securing new jobs. More than 60% of advisers said spelling mistakes were a…

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Mobile Number on your CV

Firstly, make sure you put your mobile number on your CV. Recruiters work 9-5 (or 8-6!) and need to be able to contact you during those hours, or, at the very least, leave you a message so you need to give them the number. Secondly, don’t write it as one long sequence of numbers as this makes it hard to read and more likely that they will dial the wrong number. If…

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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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Spelling Mistakes

Just had a CV in for review and it had the following as an opening Key Skill: EXELENT COMUNICATION SKILLS  Why didn’t they spot this!! It’s simple. Firstly they haven’t properly read their own CV and secondly it’s in UPPER CASE. Why does this matter? Because Word doesn’t look for spelling mistakes when words are in upper case and we’re all so reliant on spell checkers that we’ve become lazy with our…

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