As a Professional CV Writer and former Recruiter, I have reviewed potentially tens of thousands of CVs, and there are five mistakes that seem to come up time and again.
These were by no means that only mistakes that I came across as a recruitment consultant, however they were some of the most common mistakes that I saw on CVs.
Not only that, these mistakes had the potential to let the candidate down.
Your CV is an indication of the calibre of professional that you are, and the kind of work that you are likely to produce for an organisation.
Small mistakes may not seem like a big deal, but what if the company is looking for someone who is detailed, or who would be required to produce a lot of written work?
In this article, I’m going to reveal the 5 most common mistakes that I see on CVs so that you can make sure they’re not on your own CV!
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Why to mistakes on CVs matter?
If you’re a great fit for a role, and your CV makes this clear, a few small mistakes are unlikely to cost you the opportunity.
However, most job opportunities are very competitive and attract hundreds of applications. In these situations there are likely to be plenty of qualified candidates, and this is when mistakes can harm your chances.
What do mistakes reveal to a recruiter or hiring manager?
Some mistakes simply demonstrate a lack of attention to detail and give a poor overall impression of a candidate and the work that they would produce.
A CV with lots of mistakes looks rushed and gives the impression that a candidate is not taking the application seriously.
And there are some mistakes which are so glaringly obvious that they instantly raise concerns and could result in a CV being rejected.
What’s more, the quality of a CV is a good indication of a candidate’s written communication skills and most jobs today require some, if not a high degree, of communication with others.
I know many companies that will ask their administrative support candidates to undergo a spelling and grammar test as part of the screening process.
If your CV is an indication that you would fail this test, then you may not ever make it past the initial application stage.
Keywords on your CV
Most CVs are now stored in databases and retrieved by keyword searches.
Therefore, if you are spelling a keyword on your CV incorrectly, it will not be being picked up at all.
This is a bigger deal than many people realise, and it's a very good reason to ensure that your CV is free from errors.