Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Your CV

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Published: 9 Aug 2016      

Your CV is going to be one of the most important parts of your job application, as it is within this document that your potential employer will get the first impression of who you are and what you have to offer to the company. As such, it is crucial that you put the effort in to make the document as impressive as possible to be in with a chance of scoring that all-important interview.

Unfortunately, many jobseekers, especially those who are new to the market, end up making a number of common mistakes with their CVs that hurt their employment chances. The following are all things that you should aim to avoid if at all possible.

Being Too Wordy

While it is important to add detail where it is relevant in your CV, trying to fill an imaginary word quota will just lead to the entire document feeling bloated. This is especially an issue for those who have long educational and career track records, as the temptation is always there to put everything into the CV in the hope that something sticks. Instead, consider the information that would be most important to your potential employer and ditch anything else.

Not Being Personal

Your work and education will be the first things that your potential employer will look at, but you must not underestimate the importance of your own personality when writing your CV. Employers will be looking for people who can fit into their workplace cultures, so you need to talk a little bit about who you are as a person and what makes you tick. Don’t go overboard with this section, but make sure that there is enough there for the employer to get a decent idea of your personality from the document.


A lot of people will talk about exaggerating the truth when they are writing their CVS, to the point where some may think that it is a common practice that employers expect. However, doing this, especially in the medical profession, can cause serious damage to your employment chances and reputation within the industry. Be completely honest about what you know and what you don’t, else you may have to face the consequences when you are required to deal with a situation or task that you have claimed to be able to do, only to find that you have no clue how to proceed.

Spelling and Grammar

Writing is often a key component of many jobs, especially if you are going to be based in an office or working in a role that requires you to create reports. It all comes down to your communication skills so it is imperative that you understand that how you write is often as important as how well you speak. Check your CV repeatedly so that you can catch and spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. The odd one or two will likely fly under the radar, but you may find the CV gets ditched quickly if it is loaded with poor spelling and grammar.

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