- Unusual or wacky font - Difficult to read = bin
- Name at bottom of page instead of top. If you're looking for something specific amongst a load of papers you look at the top not the bottom
- Unusual name – are you male or female? how do you pronounce it?
- Undated CV. Just useless!
- Wrong address or no address. As above
- Age: 37 instead of Date of Birth. You could have been 37 four years ago!
- Period of employment 1999 – 2000. This could be one month or two years!
- Surname spelt two different ways - yes, believe it or not!
- Incorrect mobile phone number - Dear, oh dear!
- Most recent position not listed first. Generally accepted norm is that most recent is first since it is potentially the most relevant
- Mixed fonts and sizes - just make it more difficult to read
- Blocks of Text – No White Space – Poor Layout = lack of consideration for the reader - difficult to read = bin
- Hidden credentials - unforgiveable. This may cost you the position.
- Unexplained gaps - Employers and agencies don't like gaps. Why are they there. Something to hide? Doubts = possible bin.
- Education not listed - Why not? = doubts raised = possible bin.
- No “action” words / Passive Tense / dull / boring - People who read a lot of CV's want to see that certain "Spark"!
- No summary at the beginning - makes the reader and evaluator work harder = possible bin
- 3 places at one time - Oh yes I'm afraid so = possible bin.
- No interests or hobbies listed - Sure, you're going for a job but these give a good insight into a persons character. If you have no interests or hobbies that's not necessarily seen as a good thing by employers
- No explanation of a non-household-name company - Sure, you know what they do but most probably nobody else does
- Strange job title - Is this relevant to the position being applied for? Maybe it is but you can't take it for granted
- Company specific TLA’s (three letter acronyms) - Sure mean something to you but most probably not to anyone else
- Spelling mistakes - Absolutely no excuse!
- Staccato phrases - difficult to read meaningfully in the context of a CV that is meant to be a cohesive document
- Ridiculous objectives “ I want to create a company which makes its stakeholders wealthy and which, whilst at the same time adhering to the ideals of true capitalist principles, promotes the well being of its employees.” - Of course you do. Don't we all.
- Subjective phrases – “I became quite skilled at…” - I'm sure you did.
- Wacky email addresses - not businesslike or suitable for a professional CV
- Very short stays – unless specifically a contract position - don't you get on with people?
- No skills matrix (e.g. for an IT Position) - Make it easy for the reader!
- List as having attended a course which prepares you for certification and no mention of taking the exam - Can only assume you failed.
- Mobile not listed – no way of contacting if on your way to an interview and there's a problem
- Dreadful grammar – “I done the…”
- 1998 – 89. Self-explanatory. Attention to detail? I don't think so.
- I was a “Technical Architect” – but no mention of the technologies. Very interesting but not terribly helpful
- “Extreme” Hobbies - can be off-putting to an employer. Base-jumping might give you a massive adrenalin rush but ultimately an employer wants to be safe in the comfort that you're more than likely to turn up for work on Monday.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Basic CV Errors
You would not believe the litany of basic, stupid and thoughtless errors that people make when writing their CV. Sloppy, badly-presented CV's reflect a sloppy, careless attitude. And if someone is happy to present themselves for consideration with this as a basis then they deserve to have their CV filed in the bin!
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Posted by Nick Alexander at 20:11