Top 10 CV Writing Mistakes

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CV Writing Mistakes | CV Writer What to put in a CV and what to leave out of a CV has changed with the introduction of new legislation and changes in industry standards. Far too many people are stuck in the past or are simply misguided and include too much irrelevant information.  Don’t fall in to the trap of making the most common CV writing mistakes.

Many colleges and universities who offer CV writing skills courses are also behind the times and may well have given you some duff information.

To ensure you have not made any of the common CV writing mistakes, have a look at our list of CV writing mistakes we come across on a daily basis.

Here is a short guide to avoid making CV writing mistakes.

1. Photographs

In the UK, you do not include your photograph in your CV unless you are in a career such as modelling or acting on the stage or screen.  The only other time you should include a photograph is when specifically asked to do so by the recruiter.

2. Reasons for leaving a job

Including a reason for leaving is not required on your CV and can be covered during the interview.  If included, it could attract a negative reaction and you need to avoid having your CV rejected.

Whilst you do need to ensure your name and contact details are prominent on your CV, preferably at the top of the first page, there is much other personal information which is not necessary.  You do not need to include details, such as: nationality, religion, marital status, dependants or your age and date of birth

4. Use of the first person

We recommend you avoid using ‘I’ or ‘me’ anywhere within the CV.  Your CV is a formal document and should focus on how your skills and experience would benefit the company reading your CV.  Using ‘I’ and ‘me’ in your CV’s personal profile or, your CV can be viewed as a being a little self-centred.

5. Irrelevant information

Do not include anything which does not add value to your application or, anything which could be considered a negative point.

6. Decorative fonts, fancy borders, etc

We would avoid against the use of anything other than bold for specific titles.  Whilst swirls, borders, lines and embellishments can look rather pretty, they do not present a professional impression and can be very distracting for the reader. A CV should be presented as a formal, business-like document,

7. Salary Details

You do not need to include details of your current and past salaries as this could work against you; eliminating your application and a waste of a stamp.

8. Hobbies and Interests

This is a one of those sections which we would say include if you are starting out in your career as it demonstrates more about you, your hobbies and your interests; perhaps team or organisational skills.  However, as you progress your career we would avoid inclusion of hobbies and interests on a CV unless there is something specific, which would enhance your application or support your skills.

9. Industry jargon and acronyms

Whilst you may understand it, you must remember that many CVs are first vetted by human resource departments or, sometimes specialist scanning machines.  As such, they will not understand the terminology and again, you do not want to risk declination of your CV.

10. Lies

Don’t tell any lies, not even white lies! Don’t even bend the truth.  You will only get found out and this will lead to instant dismissal.


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