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You Don’t Make These 10 Common CV Mistakes… Do You?

You’ve got decent work experience, you’re enthusiastic and you’ve spent five hours a day for the last two weeks applying for jobs.

Is the reason that you’re not getting any interviews because you’re making one of these 10 rookie mistakes?


1. Wrong template

Straying from a standard template is a bad idea. We strongly encourage you to use a chronological template when preparing your CV. The simple reason for this is that it’s been proven to be more effective when it comes to getting interviews. It’s a tried and trusted format – recruiters know what to expect and know where to find the information they’re looking for.

Fix: If you’re using a functional CV, a hybrid CV, or a free-style CV, rethink your decision. Unless there’s a specific reason for it, you’re statistically proven to be damaging your chances of being called for interview.


2. Incorrect ordering of information

“Reverse chronological order” should be used throughout your CV. This means putting your most recent information first, and working backwards from there. Take care with how you order the sections in your CV too. If you’re a recent graduate with little work experience, we recommend putting your qualifications first on your CV. Employment comes first if you have a long work history.

Fix: Use a JobCred template to ensure that you’re ordering your information properly.


3. Wrong font

You may notice that all templates on Jobcred use basic fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman. There is a good reason for this; people are accustomed to reading standard fonts in standard sizes. Nobody is going to waste their time trying to decipher fancy fonts or text that is too small to read. You’ll confuse OCR and scanning software too.

Fix: Use a basic font and a reasonable sized font. We recommend 10 point Arial/ 12 point Times new Roman for paragraph text, and 12 point Arial/ 14 point Times New Roman for headers. Easier still, use a JobCred template.


4. Omitting a tailored “Personal Statement” or “Objective”

Don’t leave your reader guessing. Outline your key selling points at the top of your CV and state what you are hoping to achieve.

Some career advisers will tell you to include this detail your cover letter, however we recommend that you include it in your cover letter and in a “Personal Statement” at the start of your CV. Remember that the person interviewing you may not have your cover letter in front of them.

Fix: Read the JobCred article and tip on the site on writing a killer “Personal Statement”.


5. Focussing on negatives

Your CV is no place to come clean and admit you failed maths in primary school. Focus on your positives and strengths, not your weaknesses and failures. Likewise there’s no need to go into detail about why you’re leaving your current role – leave this discussion until the interview. Aim to have all of your major selling points within the top half of your first page.

Fix: Delete any negatives and emphasise your positives.


Please see our next blog post for the other 5 common CV mistakes in your Curriculum Vitae and Online Profile.

You can avoid mistakes 1, 2 and 3 by simply using one of JobCred’s great free templates. That leaves only 7 potential errors, so visit your JobCred profile right now and correct them so you’re ready for the next great career opportunity that presents itself.

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