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Common Mistakes in CV Writing

Postby RichardNolan553 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:33 am

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Even though so many things have already been said on the subject of resume writing, plenty of job candidates still make blunt errors while working on their applications. In this article, we will quickly enumerate five of the most common mistakes in resume writing — if you manage to avoid them, there is a good chance your application will stand out from the crowd.

1. Poor choice of format
Here, we do not only mean text arrangement, fonts, and margins — even though these visual details are very important, too. The biggest mistake many candidates makes is choosing the type of their resume. A lot of job seekers are familiar with the chronological resume type, where the candidates simply list their achievements by date.

This, however, is not the only option out there. Chronological resumes are perfect for applicants with established work experience in the same field; however, they are not the best fit for beginners or professionals who switched careers. If you are one of those, you’d better stick to functional resume that highlights your skills, experience, and achievements.

2. Making the resume generic
It really does not matter if you are using a chronological or a functional resume pattern — in both case scenarios, your file should be targeted for a particular job you’re applying to. After all, every position implies skills and responsibilities of its own, and it is your ultimate goal as the candidate to highlight the aspects HR managers will be looking for. Plus, given that you are probably applying for jobs in more or less the same industry, tailoring your resume to different positions will not take too much time. The result, though, will be well worth the effort.

3. Failing to highlight the accomplishments
Too many candidates enumerate their job duties in the work experience; but, if you really want to impress the hiring managers, focusing on achievements is a better idea. Consider the difference between “developing a content strategy” and “implementing a content strategy that boosts sales by 10%”. Which candidate would you rather invite to an interview?

4. Too much detail (or too little of it)
The devil is in the details. You cannot expect HR managers to read pages of text, so you should stay to the point. On the other hand, you should make this point very clear. So, the trick is to find the exact amount of detail that highlights your skills and accomplishments without beating the drum.

5. Not explaining employment gaps
If you have employment gaps in your history, you’d better choose functional resume type over a chronological one. However, if you took time to volunteer, travel the world, or study to boost your career opportunities, you can mention all of those in the chronological resume, too. In any case, it is better than simply leaving employment gaps unexplained.

Sure, there are a lot of other blunders many beginning candidates make, such as extending the acceptable length of the resume, including references, mentioning too many personal details, etc. The five mistakes above, though, are the most serious (and the most common) ones in resume writing. Eliminate them and see your chances of employment skyrocket!
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