7 mistakes to avoid while developing a CV

Hey everyone! In my last post, I promised to write on “Qualities of a good resume, but while I was writing i decided that the topic remain as “7 mistakes to avoid while developing a CV”.

After a good CV or resume comes an interview. Please read  ” 10 smart ways to a successful interview” to know tips to adopt in your next interview and definitely get called back. For those who are independent in trying to get a job, it is important that you get your résumé or CV to stand out. The following are 7 mistakes to avoid while developing a CV:

Template:

Many believe in just typing their details on a Microsoft word without minding how structured the résumé should look. A template helps to give your CV or resume a better look and structure, helping you to put each section of all your achievements in order and less confusing. When planning on developing a CV, research for current templates and make use of the most recent styles. Any HR consultant is likely to pick a much more presentable resume with these attributes than one poorly put together.

Standard pages:

The number of pages for your CV or resume says a lot. An HR Consultant expects certain pages of the two categories below:

i Fresh graduate:
For fresh out of school graduates, as we all know have little or no work experience, therefore expected to have a minimum of two pages.

ii Experienced Hire:
For experienced hire with about five years work experience and above, can have up to a minimum of three or at most five pages especially from over ten years. This is to give room for all the work experience and achievements so far.

Content of the résumé:

The following are contents of a good resume. The points below will have a dedicated post on its own, and emphasis made on each.

i Personal Bio Data:
ii Objectives or Summary
iii Educational background
iv Work experience
v Achievements
vi Trainings
vi Professional certificates
vii Hobbies
viii Reference

Front size and Front type:

The front size and front type you use speaks a lot about you, it shows you have carefully done your research to know that there are standards put in place for a good resume. secondly, it shows how organised you are and thirdly it shows how well-informed you are to know the correct front size and type for an official document. The most common font to use is Times New Roman, in black and size 12 points. … Popular sans-serif (no tails) fonts include: Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic and Lucida Sans. Any of the above fonts would be reasonable for a résumé as long as you consistently use one font only.

Use of bullets:

This helps to find key points of sections of your résumé. You do not have to stick to the old fashion bullets, there are other styles or options which you can play with to see which best makes your résumé stand out and very attractive.

Uncoated paper:

Gloss or Matt paper is not the right type of paper for your résumé, these type of paper are for other official documents such as printing of a brochure, letter head etc. The preferred type of paper is the uncoated white type commonly found in offices or which most people use to run copies and print out documents.

Grammatical errors:

Before you send out the last copy of your CV or resume, please proofread to check for grammatical errors, you do not want to tick the HR Consultant off with your errors.

Remember your CV or resume may only be looked at for only six seconds. It is better to spend your time making a beautiful piece than to lose opportunity of getting invited for an interview from a reputable company.

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