5 things not to put on your CV

Here’s 5 things that people commonly put on their CV which are a waste of space and simply clutter up the real story you should be telling: 1. Good timekeeper – Seriously, why say this? Every employer works on the assumption that you can get out of bed in the morning! 2. Enthusiastic – Again, why say this? Employers start off assuming that you are enthusiastic about the job since…

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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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Magazine Style CV

We’ve noticed a growing trend for CVs in what we refer to as a magazine format. Basically the CV is written like a page from a magazine with small snippets of information dotted around the page with different fonts and different colour backgrounds – much like you might see in Hello! or OK! magazine. These CVs look great but they are a major mistake. Magazine pages are laid out that…

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A good CV – 91% rating!

We reviewed one of the best CV’s that we’ve had in for ages today. Pretty much everything had been done correctly and we had to really nit-pick to find anything wrong with it! Against our 10 key criteria it scored 91% which is fantastic when you consider that our average score is 74%. The only areas that this CV had mistakes in were all in minor formatting points which is…

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Reasons for Leaving

We often see CVs where people have put down their reasons for leaving against each of their jobs. This is generally unnecessary and can be counter-productive. During an interview one of the main conversation points is going to be the reasons behind your career moves and if it’s all written down then you’ll have nothing to discuss! If you’ve been made redundant from your last 2/3/4 roles, then writing this down may…

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