5 Mistakes in your CV that are Killing your Job Search

Your CV is your one shot for a ticket to interviews and offers, so it needs to be impressive from start to finish. Even if you are the greatest candidate in the world, it only takes one mistake for a recruiter or an employer to start doubting your reliability.

Here are the most common mistakes that we see on a daily basis. Reviewing these could prevent you from falling at the first job-hunting hurdle and could aid you to a successful job search.

1. Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

You would be surprised with the amount of CV we see that contain spelling and grammar mistakes. If an employer spots a grammatical error in your CV chances are they will reject it immediately.

If we are to take the time to read, you can take the time to edit it. If you are not confident in the final version, ask a friend or family member to give it a once over.  

2. Too Many Pages

Your CV doesn’t have to be your autobiography. There is no need to make your CV difficult to read by overloading it with irrelevant information. Recruiters and Hiring Managers receive hundreds of applications per vacancy so it is essential to communicate your value to them quickly.

2 pages is the ideal length for a CV. This is enough space to get your point across without boring your reader. The essentials include your name, contact information, education and work skills, along with your achievements in each of these areas.

3. Poorly-structured Job Descriptions

If you have lots of roles dating back many years, you don’t need to provide huge amounts of detail in them. Recruiters will mainly focus on your more recent roles, so older positions can be shortened to brief summaries that provide enough information to describe your career path.

4. Unexplained Gaps in Employment

It is fairly common to have gaps throughout your employment and it’s not necessarily a negative. However, if you leave a big gap in your work history without any explanation it will give recruiters and employers the impression that you haven’t done anything for that period of time.

Don’t be afraid to include travelling, studying, working on personal projects or simply to care for your child in your cv, it is better to show that you are pro-active and have been doing something constructive. A good employer will not discriminate against your reasoning. 

5. Meaningless Clichés

Your CV should focus on hard facts like skills, achievements and industry knowledge. Cliché Phrases like “works well in a team or individually” or “innovative forward thinker with a can-do attitude” may look fancy but they don’t actually tell anybody much about you. 

The best way to show that you work well in a team is to prove it by using examples of the results and explaining how it has benefited the organisation. 

If you have any doubts regarding the quality of your cv our consultants are hear to assist you. If you would like advice or job market insights please do not hesisate to get in touch with us on 01 874 6770.