As a job seeker, here are the five common mistakes you must avoid when writing your CV.
A CV should contain information about your career and your educational achievement – anything more than that is too much information.
In order for you to stand a chance and land that dream job, we have identified five common mistakes applicants are fond of making for you not to fall into that trap.
1). CV layout and styling.
The number one thing that catches the attention of an employer when he/she picks up your CV is the layout.
Are the information well structured and organized in the body of the CV? What font size, fancy formatting, and style are you using? Are the words clear and not clustered? Choose a clean style for your CV that will not give the employer any difficulty in reading.
Importantly, be sure not to exceed two pages.
2). Incorrect information
This is an important aspect of a CV every applicant must handle with all seriousness. BE VERY SURE that the information you provide in your CV are accurate. Many people have lost opportunities by providing inaccurate information.
You must go through your email address, contact address, the phone number to make sure it is error-free. Make sure a letter or number is not missing in your e-mail address or telephone number. When any of this information is incorrect, the employer might find it difficult to contact you if you have passed the interview.
3). Spelling errors and grammatical mistakes
Always have in mind that your CV is like an assessment test. What you put up there and how you put it up gives the employer an idea/knowledge about you and what you can offer.
Be thorough. Make sure that your CV does not have any grammatical/spelling errors as this could be a serious turnoff for the employer. For example, when you say ‘I am a quite person’ instead of ‘I am a quiet person’, it tells the employer more about your comprehension level, educational strength, and overall ability.
Don’t commit such blunders by writing:
‘comitment’ instead of commitment
’embaras’ instead of embarrass
‘concensus’ instead of consensus
‘foreward’ instead of foreword
‘judgemant’ instead of Judgement
‘liason’ instead of liaison
When you commit these embarrassing spelling errors, the employer will know that you are not the right person for the job.
4). Lying in your CV
It is agreed that your CV should best represent your achievements, however, you must be as truthful as you can be. Do not inflate your certificate or your achievement. Do not makeup qualifications, experiences that you have not earned. This could be a deal-breaker in the event your employer finds out the truth. Let your CV have a true representation of your academic and work experience/s in a most truthful manner.
Do not lie about your age, certificate, salary, and previous jobs. Some companies might go behind your back to obtain credible information about you from your previous employers/institution of learning and this might come back to hurt you.
Be sure to present accurate information about yourself. Employers want honest and trustworthy people in their organization which is why you must be truthful in your presentation.
5). Previous work experience
Many people fail to impress when they are providing information about their previous work experience/s. The reason is very obvious – they do not pay attention to detail.
Let’s say you worked for a bank as an accountant. In the work experience section, many make the mistake of not providing details of the work they performed in that position.
You will see them write:
Company name: XYZ Limited
That’s it for you. The person will not add any further information. That is a really bad idea as employers find it very frustrating. When writing about your previous work experience, every piece of information counts.
It should be done like this:
Accountant 2012 – 2015
As an accountant in the XYZ company, I performed the following roles:
- Prepared asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
- Documents financial transactions by entering account information. Recommends financial actions by analyzing accounting options etc.
- You can add as many roles as you can remember for each of the companies you have worked for.
- Be sure to add other projects you were involved in that added significant value to the company.
Follow this model: State your role/s, responsibilities and the achievement you earned as this will help boost your CV before your prospective employer.
When employers look at your CV, they need to know exactly what you have achieved in your previous roles. That is why you must give a good account of yourself there.
More on CVs to come later…
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