Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a CV

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a CV

A CV or Curriculum Vitae is an essential document which can help you to get your next job.  Here are the main mistakes people make when compiling their CV.

  1. Write a proper heading: make sure it clearly shows your name in bold, followed by your contact details.
  2. DO NOT include a photograph unless specified by the employer.
  3. Use a font size of 11 or 12
  4. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes.  Use the built in spell-check on your PC but do double check in person too, as these software can be setup incorrectly.
  5. Avoid using the same words over and over again when describing your work experience.  Use a wide vocabulary to show off your writing skills!
  6. Make sure you include a contact email address, but DO NOT use funny or silly ones!  Set up a professional email address especially for work which gives the right impression!  Something like firstname.lastname@email.com is a good idea.
  7. Split your CV into sections with headings to make it really clear and easy to read.
  8. Keep the layout consistent.  Set even margins on each side and allow proper spacing between each heading.  Use your verbs consistently, for example, all your work experience should be in the past tense!
  9. Avoid beginning all your sentences with I.  This can get very repetitive and sounds a little annoying.  Use a range of sentence structures so your words flow nicely.
  10. Include a professional profile.  This is a short statement at the start of the CV which gives a brief overview of your key personal and professional qualities.
  11. Order your CV correctly:  it should have education and qualifications first, then your employment history as required.
  12. Use bullet points rather than long paragraphs.  Employers want to quickly see your skillset!