Today I am going to tell you 10 common mistakes you are doing while writing your CV. You must avoid these if you really want a job.
It is always seen, we are making our CV or Resume by editing the previously written CV of an older brother.
We go to any computer service providing shop and ask them to write a CV for us. How do you think this pre-ready CV can help you find a job.
I’d tell you this is the first mistake you are making. Let’s see what to avoid in writing a curriculum vitae.
Common Mistakes While Writing CV
1. Editing CV
Always write your Resume yourself. Don’t make it by changing or putting your name and details in anyone’s Resume.
Sometimes it so happens that some information about the previous person could remain in your CV. This is the first common wrong.
Don’t forget to keep font size, margin, and style the same. Choose a suitable font style for your CV. You shouldn’t use any unusual font. Make sure your spelling and grammar are 100% correct.
Use the most popular and best fonts for CV writing. Never use crappy or cursive fonts that are not easier to read. Using a good font can boost your chances of being called for an interview.
Many of us, prepare our Resume copying from others. We use many sentences without understanding. Be careful about that.
Writing your own modern resume template allows you to highlight your unique skills and experiences, and showcase your individual voice and personality. By doing so, you can increase your chances of standing out to potential employers and landing your desired job.
2. Number of Pages
A resume is not a place for practicing literature. Keep it short and clear. Don’t make your resume more than 2 pages if you are a fresher or experienced for 5-7 years. If you are experienced for 7-10/15 years, you can add one more page.
3. Information Order
Place important details at the first of the CV and then add less important things.
Suppose, personal details like father, mother, and religion, blood group is not necessary to your employer. An employer needs your contact details, education, qualification, and experience. So place these things at the beginning of the Resume.
When you are adding your educational details, list your last degree or course at first. If you have already completed your MBA, Show MBA at first, then BBA, then HSC, and at last SSC.
4. Adding Photo
Many use photos of college or university life. Sometimes they use low-resolution photos. If you are doing that you are not getting your job.
Always use very recent, high resolution, good and smiling photos. Don’t use selfie-style or any non-sense-type photo.
Don’t provide a loose photo with your CV. Add your photo on the right-top of the CV with a staple.
5. Contact Details
You should write contact details after your name. Only show your phone number, email address, and present address as contact details.
Add country code (+880) before the phone number. If you send your resume to a foreigner, how will he call you without a country code?
Don’t show your permanent, home, or father-in-law’s address in contact details. You can show it in personal details.
6. Irrelevant Experience and Information
We often use the same Resume for different types of jobs such as Marketing, Sales, Admin, Production, Branding, and Accounts.
You should keep in mind that each type of job requires separate experience, qualifications. That’s why edit your CV and put the relevant experiences needed for your job.
As a fresher, you must add training and co-curricular activities. Show in which field you have expertise.
Sometimes, we write fishing, playing football or singing as our hobby. This doesn’t make sense. To me, this type of information should not go in your professional CV.
7. Useless Writing
Never write any useless things in your CV. Suppose, you have added your photo with your CV then why should you again write you are male or female?
How long your height, how many eyes or teeth you have these are useless for your job.
Don’t make a mistake writing about any skills that you don’t have.
You mustn’t show your present or expected salary there.
8. Over Decoration
Decorating is good but too much decoration with color and font style makes your resume bad. Always write your CV on white offset paper.
You may decorate your headings. Don’t use too many colors and graphic designs.
You shouldn’t make a table or a graph to show your skills. Write in a sentence.
9. Missing Social Profiles
Your employer can easily know about you by viewing your Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin Profiles.
Create at least these 3 social network profiles today and add links in your contact details. Make sure you keep your profile name your real name. You better give your skype ID also.
The employer may find it easy to make conversation in chat. So you should have Whatsapp or Viber active on your phone.
10. Use of Wrong Words and Phrases
“Looking for a position, Looking for a good organization, Need, Seeking” these types of words show our weakness or inability.
Only show your ability, expertise, and willingness to do something better. Write something about why you should be hired.
For this, you can search Google and find some strong words and sentences about that.
However, A CV should be SMART. S for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Realistic, and T for Time-bound.
And of course, You must put your signature, name, and date at the bottom of the CV.
In conclusion, I would like to say that the employer doesn’t see you but sees your CV. So your CV should represent you.
All the above mistakes job seekers are doing commonly. So I have written to make you careful in writing a good CV for a job.