What does your CV say about you?

cover-letter-cartoonYour CV/resume is your first chance to make a good impression with a potential employer.  It can make or break your chances of being invited for an interview.  Because your CV is the key marketing document you have; spelling and grammatical errors are a complete ‘no-no’ and must be avoided.


Below are some ‘good’ examples of ‘bad’ mistakes:

  1. I have a graduate degree in unclear physics
  2. My hobbies include raising long-eared rabbis as pets
  3. My last job was as a plumbing and hating specialists
  4. I worked for 6 years as an uninformed security guard
  5. The academic scholarship I earned came with a plague
  6. I’m attacking (attaching) my resume for you to review
  7. As part of the city maintenance crew, I repaired bad roads and defective brides
  8. My career goal is to shave my talents with a growing company
  9. Languages: Speak English and Spinach
  10. Dear Sir or Madman
  11. Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store
  12. Woman who sent her resume and cover letter without deleting someone else’s editing, including such comments as “I don’t think you want to say this about yourself here”



  • Most recruiters only have a few hours to go through hundreds of job applications so for your CV to pass the first hurdle, it must be well written.
  • Avoid spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. You do not want to be remembered for the wrong reasons.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to send your CV out. Take time to prepare and proof-read it. When you are done you can seek the opinion of others who you trust will give you good feedback.

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RS Hunter Limited

RS Hunter Limited is a human resources consulting firm based in Nigeria that has over the years grown to become one of the leading providers of best practice HR solutions to small and medium-scale enterprises' as well as multinationals. We offer advisory, recruitment, training and outsourcing services. Visit www.rs-hunter.com for more information.

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