CV Tips: What NOT to do when writing your CV

March 9, 2015

Right hand with a fountain pen about to write on white paper

CV Tips!

GCSE and A-Level results days’ are approaching quickly and young people across the country will be making some serious decisions about what to do with their lives. If you’re one of them, here are a few CV tips on what not to do when writing your CV.

A CV is often the first thing an employer looks at, so it is essential that you create a good first impression and sell yourself in the best possible way.

It’s difficult to write a CV when you perhaps feel that you don’t have much experience, but remember any previous jobs, even if they were part time or unpaid, show that you understand punctuality, can work in a team and perform what is expected of you. Try and relate the skills of your previous experience to the job you are applying for. Avoid lists of routine work that don’t particularly show any transferable skills, for example “I mopped the floors, wiped tables, filled up the toilet rolls”. Instead try “I worked on the shop floor, assisted customers, used the stores computer systems and worked as part of a close-knit team”

Make careful choices when writing down those hobbies and interests. If you have particularly interesting hobbies such as say…sky diving or surfing, put them in. If you are applying to work in Finance and your World Algebra Champion, pop it on there.

Love going to gym? Perfect! Love texting? No, no, no. (Yes, someone has actually written this is a hobby!) Employers want focused individuals to come and work for them. Envisioning you spending your working days tapping away on your phone in a group message of your besties isn’t going to make them think “I need this person in my team!”

The language of your CV is vital in creating the right impression. Check your spellings, grammar and punctuation. Make your headings clear and bold and stick to a nice black font. In a similar vein to above avoid txt spk @ all csts. No BRB or IDK or smiley faces. It’s not professional.

Keep your CV to the point and try to avoid going over an A4 sheet. 2 pages are okay at a push but anything over that becomes a short story that no busy employer has time to read.

Don’t forget your contact details! Now is the time to set up a new, boring email address. Please don’t make your potential employer email [email protected] Make sure all your contact details are current and that you check your emails daily.

Good luck!

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