1. Not checking for typos
Do spell-check and also read your CV carefully before you apply for jobs.
2. Not getting someone else to check it too
Give your CV for third party verification to check for spelling mistakes, spot grammar issues.
3. Not making it ‘idiot proof’
Make sure that you CV should make sense to other people from outside industry in first screening.
4. Making it too wordy
Make sure that your CV has short, descriptive sentences and bullet points which can be easily understand by other people.
5. Worrying about the number of pages
Your CV must present your experience. If you have a long career or more years of experience, then it can be ok for your CV to have more than 3 pages.Your CV is the first introduction of your career achievements topotential employers.
6. Adding a photo
Adding a photo is accepted in many countries, but no in some countries like UK. Add your LinkedIn profile to your CV, if you really want them to see you.
7. Inappropriate social media profiles
Make sure that your LinkedIn or Twitter profiles have professional image and our social profile is your personal brand. Make sure that your social media images are professional and your privacy settings are high!
8. An unoriginal personal profile
Your social profile should be interesting to the recruiters where you can include your skillset and your career goals.
9. Unprofessional fonts or colours
Experts suggest that better to avoid flowery and ornate fonts or colours that don’t look professional. Red as a font colour is too harsh and freestyle script.
10. Missing information and other gaps
Include clear dates for all jobs you have done. If you have any gaps mention them as sabbatical, travelling, maternity leave, volunteer work etc.
11. Incorrect personal details
Make sure that you have added a right email address and phone number in working mode.
12. A cover-all covering letter
If you’re sending lots of applications, it’s tempting to just copy and paste your covering letter or email. It’s so important to take time to personalise each one for the role you’re applying for.
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