You might not realise how important a CV is when you start job hunting, but it’s the barrier between getting an interview and not hearing from the company ever again.
There are quite a few CV mistakes that can jeopardise your career prospects, especially if you’re applying for a part-time student role or graduate job, as the competition is often quite tough.
Here, we have highlighted five of the biggest CV mistakes to remain aware of throughout the job application process and your career.
Of course, you might make a mistake and miss a spelling error, especially if it’s buried way down deep in the middle of your CV. You can hope that the recruiter misses it too, but the chances of that happening are fairly slim.
So, what impact will that one little typo have on your career prospects?
Maybe very little, maybe a lot.
At best, it can weaken your chances of getting through to an interview. At worst, your CV will be dismissed instantly and you’ll have to scrape the bucket of your overdraft for just a few weeks more.
How do you mitigate against typos?
By double, triple, quadruple checking your CV before you click submit – the same way you would with a piece of coursework.
Once you have written your CV, step away from it. Give yourself a break from job hunting and do something distracting before coming back to it. Fresh eyes should help you pick up any silly mistakes and typos.
If you’re still in any doubt, give it to someone else to proofread.