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5 common CV mistakes you could be making

It can be really frustrating when you know you can do the job but you seem unable to break through the sifting process and get invited to interview.


Here are 5 common mistakes you might be making with your CV - and how to fix them...


๐Ÿญ. ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฉ

One size doesn't fit all โ€“ you need to write your CV for the specific job you want, and customise it every time. Every. Time. Include keywords, mirror the tone of voice and address the essential criteria.


๐Ÿฎ. ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ

Recruiters/hiring managers famously have 6 seconds to read your CV โ€“ help them by using white space, bullet points and clearly divided sections. Remember your CV might be one of hundreds so go easy on their eyes. They'll thank you.


๐Ÿฏ. ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜€

Write about your achievements, not your responsibilities. Delivery, not duties. Make sure these stand out, donโ€™t hide your best bits. Your CV shouldn't be a treasure hunt.


๐Ÿฐ. ๐—›๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ด๐—ผโ€ฆ

If youโ€™ve got any dates starting with 19-something then you need to go full Elsa. Get rid of any GCSEs, marital status, photo, full address and โ€œreferences available on requestโ€. Don't write a complete autobiography, it's very dating.


๐Ÿฑ. ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜†

This is ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ CV, so make sure it reads like it. Donโ€™t stuff it full of clichรฉs. No โ€œworks well independently and as part of a teamโ€ nonsense. Provide evidence, not empty statements. Inject some personality into your profile.


Investing time to address these key points will make a big difference to your CV, helping you to score an invitation to interview for the job you want. Good luck!


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