Common CV Misconceptions To Avoid

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Published: 8 Oct 2015      

Your CV is one of the most important tool for any job hunter. It is your chance to make a good first impression, be that on a recruiter or a potential employer, so it is important that you get it right and ensure that all of the relevant information that you need to express is contained on the CV.

Since the rise of online job websites, a number of misconceptions have arisen around CVs that many people blame when they don't get a call back. It is vital that you don't get caught up in that way of thinking and instead endeavour to improve your CV wherever possible.

Here we will take a look at some of these common misconceptions.

CVs Should Be Kept The Same

A lot of people believe that they can get away with sending the same CV through to multiple companies as long as the basic information is correct. However, those who experience the most success when looking for a job are those who tailor their CV to suit the company they are applying for.

In many cases this simply means touching up the existing information so that you place extra emphasis on areas of your previous careers that a particular employer might find useful. If nothing else, make sure to scan your CV before you submit it to ensure that every relevant aspect is easy to find.

They Should Mention Everything

If you have had a long scholastic career in addition to a number of jobs, it can be tempting to load your CV with every achievement you've ever had. However, it is important that your CV is readable in addition to highlighting your qualities.

As such, you should check to see what information can be omitted. For example, if you have experience in a number of medical roles, you probably don't need to keep your GCSE and A-Level results on the CV, as your job experience is enough to demonstrate that you are capable.

Nobody Reads Them

A lot of people think that employers now use automated systems to filter out CVs that don't include certain keywords, but in most cases this is not true. As such, you shouldn't try to load your own CV up with keywords, especially if they make it difficult to get to the real meat of the content.

Instead, try to write it so that is both interesting to read and informative in reference to your abilities. In the vast majority of cases it will be read by a person, so don't assume that it hasn't been if you don't get a call back and instead look for ways to improve it.

Spelling And Grammar Isn't a Major Issue

Your CV is a document that employers will have expected you to have poured hours of effort into getting right, so spelling mistakes and grammatical errors should be avoided.

Make sure to proofread the document multiple times. It is also a good idea to have somebody else read it so you get an extra pair of eyes on it. Repeat this every time you make any alteration to ensure that you don't get tossed aside for the sake of a spelling error.

 

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