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 what it is, but it does matter.
Employers and recruiters expect to see it, so if they don’t, it means that something (even on a subliminal level) is wrong, and you can’t afford for them to think like that when they’re looking at your CV.
One final point, is that if you write a word in capital letters then spell checker will ignore it…
I’ve reviewed a CV today that I gave a pretty low score of only 44/100, and the only reason it scored this well was that it was under 2 pages and fulfilled some of the basic section requirements of a CV.
The client rang me to talk through the review and I was genuinely shocked when she told me that she had paid £150 for it to be written by a “professional”. It looked like a CV produced by a job board where you fill in the blanks and choose some random sentences to string it all together! The grammar was appalling with parts of it making no sense at all and at least 3 basic spelling mistakes.
They hadn’t even included a full postal address (something she questioned only to be told “oh, you don’t need that nowadays”), seemingly unaware that recruitment software uses this as part of the mapping and search functionality that allows candidates to be identified geographically.
I often see CVs written by competitors and they generally have improvements that can be made in relation to layout or formatting and even grammar, but I have never seen such an appalling piece of work by a so-called professional CV business. They do have a lovely looking website though.
If you’re paying to have a CV written, please make sure they have a cast iron money back guarantee.
May sound a bit odd this, but you should avoid using capital letters in your CV.
Well there are 2 reasons.
Firstly it is a bit SHOUTY to use capital letters in any kind of electronic communication, and your CV will be seen (certainly in the 1st instance) on a screen.
Secondly, the default setting on Word is to ignore capitalised words when you run spell checker. Many people use capital letters for headings on a CV and we are all so reliant on spell checkers nowadays that any errors are all too easily missed.
It is not enough to just use a spell checker on your CV.
We have covered this topic before but it bears repeating!
It is not just mis-spelling you need to look for, but also incorrect words.
Common ones we are seeing at the moment include:
- “Roll” when you mean “Role“
- “Fir” when you mean “For“
- “Manger” when you mean “Manager“
- “Jib” when you mean “Job“
You really need to get someone else to read your CV and check it for these sort or errors.
Or just send it to us for a free review!