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  • Sandra Laws - Career Coach

CV Mistakes You Need to Avoid

According to job search Engine Adzuna, more than six out ten CVs in UK have at least one spelling error:

• Adzuna analysed over 147,000 UK CVs uploaded on their website

• 62.4% of CVs contained at least one spelling mistake

• 34% of CVs analysed (50,291 CVs) contained 5 or more errors

I am going to focus on five common CV mistakes:

1. Invalid contact information: email and mobile numbers

2. CV is Too Long: your CV should be no more than 2 pages. Arial Or Times Roman 12 are suitable fonts to use on your CV.

3. Spelling & Poor Grammar: using American spelling instead of British spelling. Ask someone to proof read your CV before submitting to a recruiter.

4. Gaps in Work History: if you have been unemployed for period of time or you have had short-term job contracts, a skills-based skills CV format would be the best choice. The skills-based CV focuses on your specific skills and achievements. You can list your skills & achievements without linking them to an employer or job title or employment dates. In the skills-based CV you are not required to lists job title, employment dates.

5. CV is Too Generic: your CV should be tailored to match the requirements in the job description. Read the job description carefully and highlight key words that are used to describe the skills and responsibilities. Include these key words in your CV when describing your achievements. Example keywords from job description: financial, deadlines, planning, meetings, negotiation, empathy.

In a nutshell these are the top CV mistakes that you need to avoid. I hope you found this tips useful.

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