How To Write A CV: 5 things to avoid

When thinking about how to write a CV, it’s always vital to make a good impression. This is your chance to offer a brief snapshot of your skill set, qualifications, best attributes and to detail why an employer should hire you. But are there things you absolutely shouldn’t do? We’re afraid so…


While you may have all the qualifications and characteristics to attain the position for which you are attempting to challenge for, have you considered some of the fundamental mistakes that are guaranteed to get your CV thrown straight in the bin?

Judging by the fact that you’re looking at an article titled “Five Things To Avoid” when it comes to your CV, it’s fair to say you’re at the very least intrigued. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the worst things you can do to hinder your resume.

1)A Jolly Profile Picture

Adding a small profile picture to the top of your CV (I thoroughly recommend it) is a great way to add a touch of personality to your resume. Putting a face to a name, so to speak. However, these profile images should always maintain professionalism. That means looking smart and respectable. It doesn’t mean cropping out an image of you from a night on the lash looking wasted.

2)Inappropriate Contact Details

One of the primary functions of a CV or resume is to offer the employer all of your forms of contact. With that being said, if your email address is [email protected] or [email protected] then don’t even think about including it. If you require an email in your application then it’s straight forward enough to make a free account with a more appropriate address.

3)Being *too* honest

Ok, so one of the golden rules of CV writing is to be completely honest about your achievements, skills and qualifications – but what many tipsters (articles similar to this, but not as good) won’t advise you to do is avoid being too honest.  I’m talking about your failures. Your U grade in Religious Education is not a good thing and neither is the reason why you were bumped off your last job. Accentuate the positives. Don’t even mention the negatives.

4) A Phoney Reference

References and recommendations are a great way to really add some value and credibility to your CV – real ones anyway. If you don’t have any references (presumably you were rubbish in your last job) then don’t fall into the trap of manufacturing your own. Employers will check (or ask if you didn’t provide them) the contact details of the references and you could end up looking rather silly (oh, and without a job too).

And don’t reference God, either. Yes, it has been done.

5)Using a Spell Checker

“Using a spell checker is one of the worst things you can do?! You’ve gone mad!”  Well, not entirely. Let me explain.

While using a spell checker from your word processor could indeed point out some misspelt terms (they should be underlined regardless), it can’t prevent you from mistyping one word that turns into another.

For instance, shortly can become shorty, six can become sex and, worse still, public can become pubic. A spell checker can check spelling (that’s pretty self-explanatory) but it can’t detect typos, repetition or just damn right carelessness.

Go ahead and read over your CV several times to ensure that it reads correctly and always get a second person to go through it too – you may be surprised at what you miss.

Author Bio: Mathew Wood is an experienced Content Writer who likes to create informative and engaging articles while maintaining a sense of personality if at all possible.

Matthew is writing on behalf of Oxford Management Centre who are a premier supplier of training seminars and customer service seminars.

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