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pub! In their initial sift, they will very likely be looking for reasons to
discard your application, not for reasons to retain it. So how do you make
your CV stand out? How do you maximise your chances of being amongst
the 10 or so candidates they decide to invite for interview?
You need to determine exactly what to put in, exactly what to leave out
and what kind of a ‘spin’ to put on your CV to ensure that yours will stand
out from the competition. Getting it right is the difference between
getting your foot in the door for an interview and ending up in the ‘no
thank you’ pile – also known as the bin!
You need to help the recruiter as much as possible, as they see sifting through
CVs as a chore and want it to be over as quickly as possible (remember, there’s
that pint waiting for them down the road!).They do not know you and they
don’t know what you’re capable of – this is where you have to sell yourself.
The 15 most common CV writing mistakes – and how to
The CV Centre has conducted a comprehensive analysis of over 2,500
CVs to derive a ‘top 15’ of the common mistakes people make.
1 Inclusion of photographs
People often include photos of themselves on their CV. Don’t! Unless you
are applying to be a model or wish to work as an actor/actress then
including a photo with/on your CV is definitely not recommended – at
least not within the UK.
2 Inappropriate heading
Your CV should be headed with your name – and just your name – boldly
and clearly, before any other details such as contact details and so on. It
should not be headed ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’ or anything else. Just
your name (and only your first name and your last name).
3 Missing or inappropriate email addresses
Whilst not having an email address at all on your CV is clearly a problem,
it’s not something I see very often. Far more common is the use of fun or
jokey email addresses. Whilst these may be fine for corresponding with
friends and family, employers will probably regard more ‘serious’ email
addresses as simply more professional.
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