4 CV mistakes you’re probably making

Two interviewers reviewing a CV

Any kind of mistake on your CV is an absolute no-no if you want to stand a chance of getting hired. But we are not just referring to the obvious spelling or grammatical errors, as there are lots of other more less-obvious mistakes which will likely result in rejection.

Here are the 4 CV mistakes you’re probably making…

Failing to tailor the application 

Starting with the most common mistake a job seeker will make – writing a generic CV. The huge problem with writing just the one CV is that it will not tackle the most important points – skills, qualifications, experience, and so on.

The employer wants to read a CV that clearly identifies all the key aspects of the role, and offer the right skills. Relevancy is the most important word to consider when writing a CV, and every section needs to be tailored to the role, the company and even the industry.

How to tailor your CV for interview success

Lack of a brand name 

When you write a CV you should be focusing upon creating a brand for yourself. Your name, big and bright at the top of your page is your brand name, and the employer needs to recognise this instantly.

Your entire application should ooze brand awareness, and demonstrate how well you keep up to date with the latest trends and industry knowledge. The employer should be able to read your CV and say ‘this person knows their stuff’.

How to build your brand and your CV

Attaching the wrong file format 

You will often find that a specific file format is requested when emailing your CV. If you fail to send the right format, you could find that your CV is never read by the employer.

Always make sure you create a few different formats to cover all angles. The most popular are – doc, docx, and pdf. This will allow you to send exactly what they want so it can be viewed by the employer as you see it on your computer.

Under-qualified for the role 

Being under-qualified for a role doesn’t always mean that you shouldn’t apply. There are occasions when an employer will consider an application, even if it doesn’t offer all the skills and qualifications required. However, an employer will often be able to reject at least 50% of applications because they don’t have what it takes.

Before you apply you should try to be realistic about your chances. Always try to be positive and optimistic about an opportunity, but if you are clearly under-qualified for a role and stand little chance of success, then don’t waste yours and the employer’s time.

Consider looking for something within your experience and skill set, and also don’t rule out the possibility of further education and training to achieve your goals.

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