How to Avoid the Most Common CV Mistakes

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How to Avoid the Most Common CV Mistakes

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Your resume is extremely important as it is the document that represents you and convinces potential employers that you are the right candidate for the job. 

However, there are common mistakes that many people make when creating and writing their CV. In this blog, I will show you how to avoid these mistakes and create a CV that will catch the recruiter’s attention.

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Firstly, the format of your CV is crucial. Recruiters typically spend only 6-8 seconds scanning a CV, so it’s important that yours is clear, well-defined and easy to read. Use clear section headings and a font that is easy to read. Also, try to be creative and consider a different format or design that will catch the recruiter’s eye. Black and white CVs are outdated, so be bold and stand out.

Another crucial aspect of your CV is spelling and grammar. Use tools like “Grammarly” to check your spelling and grammar. Use quotation marks when using quotes and ensure you talk about your previous jobs in the past tense, and your current job in the present tense.

Remember, your CV should be short and brief, no longer than 1-2 pages. Only include relevant roles and experience that apply to the job you are applying for. If you have extra space, you may consider adding hobbies and interests that may help establish A connection with the hiring manager.

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make is exaggerating the truth. Be honest and confident about your skills and experiences. Avoid lying or overselling yourself, as this may backfire during the interview process.

Make sure your email address is professional, appropriate, and presentable to potential employers. A simple email format is “[First name] [Last name]”

It’s important to include all your work experience and address any gaps in employment. Explain any issues, such as maternity leave or medical leave due to health complications.

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Social media can play a crucial role during the hiring process. Make sure you delete any content that you do not want employers to see or ensure that your profiles are private. Recruiters may search through your social media accounts, so be sure to remove anything that could harm your chances of getting the job.

It’s not always necessary to include references in your CV, as most employers will not request this information until later in the interview process. Also, make sure to check with each referee before listing them on your CV.

Lastly, triple-check your CV before submitting it. Ensure that all of your personal details, such as your name, phone number, email address, and location are correct. These small details can make all the difference in the hiring process.

If you need help with your job hunt process, do not hesitate to contact us at (03) 9857 6756 or email me at


Stephanie O’Shaughnessy

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