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6 Common CV Mistakes to Avoid

Bad spelling and grammar

If your CV has mistakes, you may be seen as somebody who doesn't communicate well, is careless or is uninterested. Try Grammarly!

Poor formatting

Avoiding paragraphs of unbroken text, specific colour scheme, equally divided sections and equal amounts of white space. Try a CV template!

Making your CV too long

Your CV isn't your life story. You don't need to add everything on there. Make it a short, concise, document tailored to the role you applied for.

Ignoring gaps in work history

Small gaps in your work history are common, however, longer periods will need to be accounted for. Be honest!

Failing to tailor your application

Tailoring shows you are interested enough in the role to take time and consideration to apply. You should do this for each role u apply for.

Exaggerating the truth and/or Lying

It’s important to be confident in what you have to offer, but don't lie or oversell yourself. Be real about what you know and what you want to learn.




6 Tips for a Successful CV 

Don’t leave gaps 

Leaving obvious gaps on your CV immediately makes employers suspicious, be honest to why you’ve been out of work!

Keep it current 

Keep your CV up to date whether you’re looking for a job or not. 

Make it look good

Get creative, make your CV look appealing and attractive 

Tailor it 

Research the company and what skills they are looking for then take some time to tailor your CV for each role that you apply for. 

Keep it real

Keep it straight to the point, avoid waffling and keep it honest! 

Let someone else read it first

Get a trusted friend or someone you know in the industry to read it and provide tips. 



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