How to avoid the most common CV mistakes

How to avoid the most common CV mistakes
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Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation will help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews and the more you prepare, the more comfortable and successful you will be interviewing.

Too long
Employers don't have time to read long CVs. Make yours as short as you can - no more than two pages - and try to get the key information into the top third of the first page.

Grammatical and spelling mistakes
This doesn’t make good impression. Ask friends to read your CV to make sure there aren’t any mistakes and ask at least 2 people to do so. This is something that can be easily avoided. If your CV is not written in your native language, ask a native speaker to correct it before sending it to any recruiter.

Inaccurate information
Even if an employer doesn't notice inaccurate information when looking at your CV, it's likely to come up at interview, so make sure everything's correct.

Inconsistent layout
A CV has to be clear and easy to read. Spend some time making sure everything is aligned and paragraphs have the same font and size. A messy resume will give the impression that you are not organised and do not pay attention to details.

It's tempting to try to build up your skills, but employers can see through it. If you're applying for your first job and your CV says you're an expert in the field, they won't be convinced.

Missing contact information
Your CV should include your address, email address and phone number - accurately. Employers can't reach you to offer an interview without them!

Wrong file format
If you're emailing your CV, check to see if the job advert specifies what format to use. If not, .doc, PDF or RTF are the best choices. You could submit in two different formats to make sure that one will work.

Including a picture
This is common in some countries but not the UK, and could make it look like you don't know what you're doing.

Bad file names
An employer who receives 100 CVs called 'CV.doc' will be at least a little bit pleased to see one called 'John Smith CV.doc'

Not sending it
It's easy and embarrassing to forget to attach your CV to an email.

Make it look good
We live in a world where image is everything, and that also goes for your CV. Take some time to pretty it up... Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye.

Make it keyword friendly
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. Confused? Don't be. A marketing candidate might mention SEO (Search Engine Optimization), direct marketing and digital marketing among their experience and skills, for example... If you're not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.

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