5 Common Mistakes You Must Avoid on Your CV

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In applying for a job, your CV is your representative. If it is not in perfect shape, your chances of getting a callback are reduced.

It is often said that the job search period is one of the most humbling experiences of adult life, and you know what? We agree. It is quite heart-wrenching to deal with constant rejections or unreplied emails. 

Still, for those who are currently experiencing this, have you ever wondered that maybe you are not doing something right? Let us explain. 

In applying for a job, your CV is your representative, thus, if it is not in perfect shape, your chances of getting a callback are reduced. Hence, you MUST make sure, with our help, that you avoid certain mistakes that could reduce your chances of getting that job. 

Here are the 5 most common mistakes you must avoid on your CV:

  • Too much personal information 

A lot of job seekers have a habit of listing too much of their personal information on their CVs. The truth is most of this information is unnecessary. No one involved in the hiring process really cares about your religion, state of origin, local government area, and marital status, amongst others. Except this information is demanded by the organisation to which you are applying, you would be doing yourself and the hiring manager a lot of good leaving it out. Instead, ensure key professional details like your skills, work experience, education or other training, lead the charge on your CV. These would promoter your professional image better and help the company decide if you are a fit for the role.

  • One size fits all

If you do not customise your CV per job role, you are guilty of the one-size-fits-all syndrome. That is, you do not tailor your CV to the current role you are applying for, which is bad. Whenever you send a one-size-fits-all CV, it stands a higher chance of ending up in someone’s dustbin, the suya stand, or recycle bin. Every job is unique with its requirements and work demand, hence, employers want you to write a CV specifically for them. They need you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in their organization. Is that too much to ask?

  • Mind your language 

A lot of applicants do not understand that in writing your CV, there are certain words that must make an appearance. CV jargon requires task-oriented language that highlights assigned tasks as a means to grade your performance during past work and volunteer experience. Hiring managers are more interested in the tasks you have worked on. Hence, words like “achieved, formulated, planned, generated and implemented”, which show proactiveness should be used especially in describing your work experience. That’s how you sell yourself!

  • Grammatical Errors 

As much as possible, ensure your CV is absolutely free of errors. A simple punctuation mistake could be the deciding factor on whether you get an interview or not. Hiring managers could make unflattering conclusions about you because of grammatical errors. Hence, you must avoid this at all costs. Your CV should be error-free! 

  • Visually unappealing

If your resume is not visually appealing, i.e, wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will take points off you even before the hiring manager starts to read your CV. So, make sure you show your resume to people before sending it. Ask them if they find it visually attractive? If their answers are anything short of an eager yes, revise that CV immediately.

In conclusion, writing a CV is hard work and if you think you won’t be able to write the job-winning CV or resume you deserve, leave it to us at tweakmycontent.com. We will work with and help you create magic!

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