Writing your CV? Then be sure to avoid these 8 common mistakes
Your dream job in Renewable Energy or Building Services could be just around the corner. But before you get there you’ve got a necessary hoop to jump through. Yes, that’s right – the dreaded CV.
The thought of putting together a résumé can make even the most strong-willed of individuals wince in anticipation. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Your CV can be a fine representation of your skills and experience if it’s compiled correctly. It just relies on dodging several common mistakes. With that in mind, here are 8 mistakes that people tend to repeat again and again.
Errors come in all different shapes and sizes, the most common of which include problems with spelling and grammar. These issues – along with typos – can make your CV appear rushed and can throw a question mark over your suitability for the role, especially in an area such as Civil or Structural Engineering, where mistakes on the job could potentially cause serious injury. If a potential employer feels you can’t be bothered to thoroughly check your CV how confident can they be that you will have attention to detail on a site?
There’s a feeling that most applicants can get away with the odd fib or two. But in fact, you’ll need to be a rather good liar if you insist on bending the truth on your CV. In most cases, employers will discover your fabrications – whether it be during the interview or when they request a reference.
Each time you apply for a job you should tailor your CV to the role. Yes, this is time-consuming, but it’s also necessary. If you insist on sending out a generic résumé to every employer, you’ll find that the phone is hardly ringing off the hook with interview invites.
Everything you say should make an impact. Therefore, each point should ideally be short, snappy and somewhat gripping. Avoid large chunks of text that an employer will find a chore to read. If you lose their attention for one moment there’s a good chance they’ll put down your CV and pick up someone else’s instead.
Obviously, your content should be consistent. However, just as important is the way that you present your CV. Pay attention to the font you use, as well as the words you italicise and the ones you make bold. Presentation is important and shouldn’t be underestimated at any cost.
If you’re lucky enough you may be asked for your references eventually. But until that point, there’s no need to include their details. The information can take up valuable space that could be better used to sell your achievements.
You’ll want to find a middle ground with the length of your CV. After all, one page clearly indicates that you’re lacking experience and can’t think of enough good qualities about yourself. Meanwhile, three or more pages are generally overkill and will no doubt include unnecessary information. The golden rule is to stick to two pages but this can be overruled in exceptional circumstances.
No, you’re not ‘the best engineer in the country’, nor do you ‘get along with absolutely everyone’. Therefore, don’t include such throwaway phrases on your CV.
The key to landing your dream job is a top-notch CV. To get the ball rolling, you can always turn to A&D Recruitment for other expert advice.