We see many different CV’s from people of all walks of life that have very different skill sets at Currciulumvitae.co.nz, however it would appear that there are some very common and general mistakes that candidates make.
To give you an insight into how your CV would dramatically change if you were to use our service read below for some basic yet common critical errors that could be avoided.
Five key points to consider when reviewing your CV.
Not including your name, or sometimes your contact details on your CV – Yes, it does happen and is normally an oversight because the person writing the CV is in a rush and has been thinking more about the finer details than the basics. There are other instances where another person’s name has been used as the file name of the CV.
Forgetting to update your cover letter – In former recruitment positions, I’ve seen many applicants submit a cover letter that enquires about different positions or different positions with different companies. Always check that you have included the correct cover letter with the correct content.
Your CV is too long – A great CV does not need to be five, six or seven pages, more content does not mean better results in most instances. Remember that a longer CV discourages the recruiter from reading every page. A sad fact, but unfortunately true.
Using your friends as your referee’s – It seemed like a great idea at the time. Until both of you applied to the same company for the same job and devalued the employer to employee relationship.
Not updating your referee’s – If you gained permission to use one of your contacts for a professional reference six months ago it does not mean that they will a/ remember b/ are prepared c/ will want to help you out this time. It is vital that you keep in touch with your referee’s – they are your life line and your difference maker.
Lying – If you cheat on your CV there is always a chance that you will be caught out. Once you have submitted your CV there is a strong likelihood that it will be circulated to more than one decision maker; they may even know you or have worked with you in the past. Never inflate your sales results, your responsibilities or your job titles.