Hiring Managers make up their minds on a candidate within the first 30 seconds of scanning your CV so it is crucial to make a good first impression. Here are the most common errors you should check your CV for
- Typos/No Spellcheck: The head of HR at Google claims that they receive up to 30,000 resumes a week containing grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. That figure accounts for 60% of applications received on a weekly basis. Regardless of the level of role you are applying for, it is important that your CV is free of grammar mistakes. This can be easily avoided by utilising tools such as spell check and by asking a friend or colleague to proof read it for you.
- Formatting: It is important that your CV is structured, plain and easy to read through. Using fancy text boxes and fonts is unnecessary and can unintentionally frustrate and confuse the reader. Keep the background white, use a standard black font such as Arial, and one-and-a-half line spacing. It is also important to ensure that your CV is compatible with Microsoft Word so avoid PDF formats
- Length: The length of your CV will vary depending on your level of experience. If you are a graduate or seeking an entry level role, a CV of two pages in length is generally considered to be sufficient. Senior professionals may need more than two pages to showcase their experience. A maximum of 4 pages should be your limit.
- Employment dates: Prospective employers/ recruiters will always ask you how long you have spent in any position stated on your CV. Dates should be consistent and flow throughout your CV. Be honest in your CV, if you aren’t then a lack of integrity will be put over your CV even before the interview stage.
Posted by: Ben Ryan, IT Resourcer