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Sloppy CVs: How to Make Small Changes to Achieve a Big Difference

Today I’m talking about the ever increasing amount of sloppiness I’m finding in CVs and Job Applications. News flash: these silly mistakes are costing candidates jobs!

Here are my top 5 sloppy CV mistakes and how to rectify them:

1. Spelling Mistakes

Now, this is the last thing I’d have expected to have written about this time last year when I started working in Recruitment. Having spoken to the other consultants at Head Office, it’s definitely not just me seeing it!  The word ‘liaise’ seems to be a re-occurring one…

The number one piece of advice I’d give to anyone would be to get your CV checked over by someone else. And if you have no one to check it over, at least use spell check!

2. Wrong Dates and Gaps in CVs

I actually came across a CV the other day that said he’d started his current role in 2016… Must’ve owned a time machine! Make sure you’re including your correct dates of Employment. If you’re a Graduate, make sure you’ve got your University dates on there too.

Gaps are another big one; the bigger the gap, the more likely we’re going to hit the ‘x’ button. Make sure you’re including reasons why you’ve had time off work. If it’s been a while since your last position, be sure to let us know what you’ve been doing to keep your skill set up to date.

3. Contact Information

Every time you don’t include your contact information in your CV, a fairy dies. Well, obviously not, I’m just exaggerating. But really guys? Someone could have your dream job the other end of the line but you’re not going to get it if they have no way to contact you. That sucks.

4. Contract / Permanent

Job boards usually get you to specify if you’re looking for a permanent or a contract position, yet I’m still finding candidates that don’t specify. In fact, sometimes I ring someone all excited because I have their perfect role and they tell me they’re contract only. Come on guys; don’t get my hopes up like that!

5. Layout

Last one but still a biggie. The best CVs I read are basic and easy to understand. Text boxes and graphics may look fancy, but they’re difficult to read around. My advice: save the creative stuff for your portfolio.

If you’re considering progressing in your career, if you do one thing today, make it be checking over your CV! Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, just make sure it’s you that spots it before a potential employer does!

If not now, when?

– Millie McCormick

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