Things to Avoid

  • Sending in a CV which has incorrect spelling or grammar or which uses American spellings (if you are not in America).
  • Relying on the computer spell checker and not reading back over your work. This is very sloppy.

  • Not customising your CV to the role you are applying for.

  • Sending a paper copy of your CV when you have been asked to send it via email or vice versa. Always follow instructions.

  • Forgetting to include a covering letter with your contact details and those of the job you are applying for.

  • Making your CV overly long, but saying very little

  • Talking about your duties rather than your achievements

  • Leaving gaps in your employment history – this looks like you were unemployed. If that is the case, you should point out what you did instead (raised a family, voluntary work, travelling etc).

  • Using clichés and being vague

  • Adding the wrong contact details – check this several times as it is easy to get one digit wrong in your phone number.