Your 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:
- I have a graduate degree in unclear physics
- My hobbies include raising long-eared rabbis as pets
- My last job was as a plumbing and hating specialists
- I worked for 6 years as an uninformed security guard
- The academic scholarship I earned came with a plague
- I’m attacking (attaching) my resume for you to review
- As part of the city maintenance crew, I repaired bad roads and defective brides
- My career goal is to shave my talents with a growing company
- Languages: Speak English and Spinach
- Dear Sir or Madman
- Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store
- 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.