CV’s can fail for many reasons. If the CV doesn’t do the job then you can kiss goodbye to precious interviews. There are a number of key mistakes made on CV’s and I have outlined these below.
Ignoring the target audience– This is the most popular. If you do not consider the target audience when writing a CV – forget about it!! Any good salesman will tell you that you have to understand the customer and target your pitch accordingly. Well this is the same when writing a CV. Identify What they want and pitch your CV accordingly.
Lack of accuracy – A polite way of telling lies. If you lie on your CV the likelihood is that you will be caught out. If you get caught out – no job. Skilled interviewers will know where potential porkies can be found on a CV. They will certainly shine the spotlight in these areas.
Poor presentation – Content is the most important aspect of a CV BUT it must also look good on the eye. Small font, poor formatting and other layout issues can turn the reader off. It is important to have a flowing CV with good margins and ample white space. Ensure that you have clear headers so the reader can find information quickly. Fancy designs – well that is up to you – personally I prefer to keep it simple.
Poor attention to detail – Poor spelling and Grammar can be a show stopper. We all have spell checks on the PC – so please use the tool. I would also advise that you get someone to proof read the CV also just to be safe.
If you want help to produce a professional CV that will make an impact and generate interview contact Measurability – Irish CV experts.