Make sure your CV does not hit the waste basket

With a huge amount of candidates competing for limited job vacancies and usually only around 2% of applicants actually securing an interview, it is crucial to make sure you avoid common CV mistakes that get your application no further than the waste basket!

First impressions count, so if your CV is too long or poorly formatted, you can be pretty sure it won’t even get a read. Try to make sure it stands out from the crowd with a professional format, fitting to the role you are applying for. For example, if you were applying for a hands on creative role, it might be appropriate to have a CV that also has an element of creativity, if you’re applying for role in a professional service such as Law or Finance, probably not so much.

It is amazing just how often extremely common CV mistakes are made, they tend to include over sharing, not tailoring the CV to the role and simply not appearing professional.

And, don’t forget, if a recruiter can’t contact you, you won’t be getting an invitation to the interview party! It seems simple, and obvious, but you would be amazed at just how many CVs go out with either old contact details or no contact details at all! Don’t let yours be one of them.

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