We had a session with Mr Brasier in which he taught us that there are a number of simple mistakes that people make when writing their cv and they can have an escalating effecting. These problems are usually thanks to a lack of attention to detail.
Here are some examples of mistakes people make…
- Writing something that allows people to make assumptions that aren’t true.
- Having an inappropriate email address
- Including too much information (don’t put your D.O.B)
- Claiming to be ……….. but not demonstrating it.
- Putting you’re ‘a team player’ and ‘enthusiastic’ – it’s too cliché.
- Putting you ‘can use word’ – it is taught in schools and is expected of you!
Quality of the Document:
- K . I . S . S . – Keep it simple, stupid – use a simple font that is effective and concise.
- Print your CV out on good paper.
- Don’t draw attention to negative words.
- Write things like ‘ I have been keep to gain experience in this area for a long time and I am willing to work hard to achieve this goal.’
- Remember: any experience you have had is good experience.
- Remember when to describe for role in previous jobs and a time frame.
- Sort out your references – ask person first.
- Don’t give them a reason not to interview you.
- Clean up your online presence – FB / Twitter.
- Check spelling and grammar – huge turn off for employers.
- Modify your CV for each job.
- Use ‘grave under pressure’ instead of people skills.
- Say you will ‘take opportunities no matter how small’