These are the most common CV mistakes that are stopping you from getting your dream job
You already know how to create a perfect resume, but are you sure that you aren’t making some of the most common CV mistakes? Keep reading to find out!
You are fully invested in finding work and you have written the best resume and cover letter possible. Nonetheless, time passes and you aren’t getting any calls for interviews. Are you not good enough? No way! Maybe what’s happening is that your CV contains some of the following most common mistakes.
TOP 7 most common mistakes when writing a CV:
- Too many clichés? When writing a CV, it’s important not to describe your skills as clichés. Otherwise, it can cost you the job. Recruiters want to see a real impact of your abilities. For example, instead of ‘excellent communication skills’ you can specify ‘realization of 15 conferences and 45 project presentations’. Can you see the difference?
- Badly-chosen typography, visual effects or colours? Maintain a prudent font size so that all information can be included on a page and will still be easy to read. Of course, avoid calligraphic fonts and instead choose sans serif typographies. As for the colors, choose only a couple of shades. For example, try to add titles, subtitles and graphic patterns in one tone and the rest of the text in black or dark grey.
- You haven’t included keywords? Oops! Many companies use filtering software so if you don’t use any of the keywords that appear in the job offer, your CV may be automatically discarded. For example, if you’re applying for a project manager position, it’s important to add this word several times in your CV.
- Is your CV not tailor-made? Then you’re probably committing one of the most common (and most serious) mistakes when writing a resume. Recruiters want to know that you’re the person they’re looking for. Before applying for any job offer, do research. Find out what the companies values are. Check out their website and social media channels and take a closer look at the projects they carry out. Today, many companies invest a lot of time and resources into creating what is called ‘Company Culture’. It’s a sum up of values, goals and beliefs that make a company stand out from the competition and it helps to keep their workers motivated. So, if you share some of the company values, add them to your CV. This way, you will catch the attention of the companies recruiters.
- Inadequate format? It’s very important that the format of your CV is PDF. Neither Word Doc nor much less the Open Office free software format. The PDF format compacts all the information so that it stays in place when the receiver opens the file. Otherwise, you can already imagine the disaster… So, yes, not using the PDF format is another common mistake when writing and submitting a CV.
- Grammar and spelling mistakes? There is no excuse. A CV must be impeccable in this regard. Make sure you read your CV out loud before sending it. Some applications like Grammarly have a free version that will help you detect typical grammar and spelling mistakes. Once you’ve done this, send your CV to a friend. When it comes to avoiding the common mistakes of a CV, a second check is always a good idea.
- Are you adding false information? Today, there are many ways to check if your previous responsibilities, job titles, duration in a certain position and skills are true or not. So don’t lie! All information must be 100% truthful. Moreover, if you worked on your own projects or volunteered while you were between jobs, add it. Do you remember the importance of the ‘Company Culture’? This will show that you’re a proactive person and that your values really do match those of the company.
If you want to get that job interview, it’s important that you keep these common CV mistakes in mind. They are so common that we can sometimes overlook them. However, if you still think that a lack of previous experience is the reason why you’re not getting any job opportunities, we have great news for you. The registration form to participate in the ‘CEO for One Month’ program of the Adecco Group opens on February the 5th. Participating in this experience will – without a doubt – be a before and after in your professional career. If you want more information, click here. Until next time!