Never underestimate the power of the CV.

You may think that if your education, skills and experience are listed, your work is done. Wrong! Creating an effective CV is almost an art.

So, do you want to learn how to write a CV that works?

Recruiters and employers will sift through many, perhaps hundreds, of CVs for every role they advertise.

This means that they know exactly what they are looking for and, more importantly, what they AREN’T looking for.

The job market continues to be competitive, particularly for graduates, so your CV really needs to tick all of the boxes to even be considered.

Did you know that there are aspects of your CV that will turn recruiters off right away?

The infographic below tells you what not to do if you want to get the job!

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Why are these things so important? Well, some of them speak for themselves, such as being underqualified and job hopping.

However, some are a little more subtle in their reasoning including bad spelling, long CV’s and photographs.


Bad spelling

It seems like a painfully obvious one, doesn’t it? However, you’d be surprised how many job applicants submit a CV that contains spelling errors. This is such an easy mistake to avoid, yet it could have a catastrophic effect on your success.

Read, then re-read your CV and, if possible, get someone else to look at it, too.

You need to put yourself in the reader’s shoes. If they see a CV full of spelling mistakes, what will they think about you as an employee?

Perhaps that you have poor attention to detail, below average intelligence and that you complete work to low standards.


Long CVs

You may think that the more information you provide, the better your chances are. This isn’t always the case. Of course, it doesn’t bode well if you choose to hide things on your CV, it’s best to be honest! It’s important to include as much relevant detail as you can.

Recruiters don’t need your life story! Keep things informative but concise.

If you’re wondering why it’s best to keep things short and sweet, the answer is very simple.

Recruiters skim read CVs, if yours is too long, it’s likely they won’t read all of it.



It’s best to save photos of yourself for social media. Don’t take it personally, you look great!

Unless you’re applying to be a model or be on TV, the way you look is not going to influence your application in any way.

In fact, to recruiters, this move is a little cheesy and might lead them to believe that you’re unprofessional (even if you’re in your best suit).



If there’s one lesson to learn from all of this, it’s that what you choose to put in your CV has a bigger impact than you may have initially thought. A lot of care needs to go into this, as it’s the first impression you’ll leave on an employer.

Remember, stay to the point, keep it relevant and check it over, check again then check once more for luck!

Now you know how to make a CV that works. Avoiding these CV mistakes will ensure that yours stands out from the crowd.

You’ll have a brand-new job in no time at all!


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