6 most common CV mistakes

Do you own a four-paged résumé with all the big experience that you want to flaunt? In that case, you must consider redrafting your résumé and look into some big blunders you are doing without knowing.

Most students who are newbies in writing CVs tend to perceive a completely wrong notion of what a résumé should be like. Pore over the 6 most common slip-ups that students make while drafting their CVs:

English errors

The most basic boo-boos that are immediately traceable and put a real bad impact are spelling errors. Even a single one can be unimaginably harmful. Grammatical errors, similarly, are common and real dreadful.  Seriously, are you a graduate? This is the question that arises when someone sees such silly errors in your CV.

Tip: Put the past tense and the present tense where they ought to be. Proofread your CV twice with an interim of at least two hours. Get it cross checked. Oops! It’s behind the times:

Outdated resume

Imagine how embarrassing it would be to have a résumé with out-dated information being scrutinized by an interviewer. Nightmarish! You will be asked questions immediately as to why did not you feel the need to update your résumé. No matter how smart an answer you provide, you are already a loser.

Tip: Avoid including irrelevant high school information in your CV unless you are a first year student. Grow up and learn to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant.

Let not your CV look like an autobiography!

Exactly! You are writing a CV and it has to be short and crisp. The employers do not have time to read your story; instead they just skim through it and often make a decision on the basis of your presentation of the CV. A multi-paged CV won’t help impress the interviewers.

Tip: No matter how much experience you have, experts suggest to limit your CV to just a single page. Use bullets for better presentation. The most important thing to make your CV short is to include what is of interest to the employer.

Just Worked without accomplishments?

“Are you telling me that you worked? I am not interested. Tell me what you achieved in that work.” This is exactly what an interviewer thinks when he sees a CV that explains what the candidate worked as in a certain place without explaining the candidates accomplishments. Most students tend to ignore mentioning their accomplishments in a certain job fearing formation of long sentences.

Tip: Instead of writing “Worked as HR executive in ABC Company,” you should mention “Recruited, hired, trained and supervised 10 subordinates in ABC Company with $1.5 million annual sales.” Do include numerical figures everywhere you can.

The wrong Layout- say no to it!

While drafting résumés, layout is one thing that has to be given the first consideration and novice students often tend to fall flat on their face when it comes to a proper consistent lay out of a CV. Research before you draft. You are living in a google dominant world, ain’t you?

Tip: Put dates and locations on the right-hand side of the page. Have your bullets properly aligned. One font and one font size through-out is a pretty organized way of drafting a CV. Font size 11-12 is perfect!

I am sure you must have gathered a lot on how to draft a blunder-free CV. Being a rookie is no license to make silly slips in your résumé. Be very careful while drafting the first real CV of your life. After all, you want to be on the job, don’t you?

Photograph- NO!

That’s not your matrimonial profile, its a professional CV. Attaching a picture to your resume can actually turn off the employer. Avoid doing so.


Apart from that, a hard work and a good preparation using good study material will be the cherry on top!

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