How to avoid CV writing mistakes? The 15 most common mistakes
Written by Colin Thompson
The same common CV mistakes crop up time and time again. Too many jobseekers miss out on their dream job because of a small number of easily
avoided blunders. These tips come from a comprehensive analysis of over 2,500 CVs to derive a ‘Top 15’ most common CV writing mistakes:
1. Inclusion of photographs
People often include photos of themselves on their CV. Don’t! Unless you are applying to be a model or wish to work as an actor/actress then including a photo with/on your CV is definitely not recommended – at least not within the UK.
2. Inappropriate heading
Your CV should be headed with your name – and just your name – boldly and clearly – before any other details – contact details, etc. They should no longer be headed ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’. It’s very old-fashioned.
3. Missing or inappropriate email addresses
Whilst having no email address at all on your CV is clearly a problem, it’s not something I see very often. Far more common is the use of fun or jokey email
addresses. Whilst these may be fine for corresponding with friends and family, employers will probably regard more ‘serious’ email addresses as simply more
4. Superfluous personal details at the top of the CV
My clients often feel that it is compulsory to include details such as their marital status, nationality, number (and ages) of children/dependants, etc.
Whilst, yes, it certainly used to be the norm to include this sort of information on a CV, it is now increasingly rare, given modern anti-discrimination
legislation, to find these sorts of details on a CV. They simply aren’t relevant.
5. Lack of clear section headings/separation of sections
It is vitally important for your CV to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and, to this end, clear section headings and separation of sections is essential. I
often recommend the use of lines or other graphic devices in this respect, although there are other ways of achieving a clearer separation.
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