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What to avoid in a CV?

5 Main things to avoid when writing a CV

  • Swearing and Colloquial language
    • Using abusive and colloquial language can give a bad impression and seriously detracts from any views of your professionalism.

  • Don’t highlight failures
    • Anyone is sure to make mistakes, but don’t make them a major point of your CV. Keep it positive and highlight your key achievements.
  • Salary
    • Don’t mention any previous salaries if you have had them, as this can lead the employer to have a pre-conceived idea of your worth.

  • Don’t lie
    • Lying on a CV can just make you look bad as you may be asked about these points when it comes to interviews. Promoting your key points is great, but making them up can be embarrassing. Most recruiters carry out background checks and lies can potentially cost you that job offer.
  • Avoid writing long sentences
    • Using long sentences that waffle on is a large turn off. Potential employers are normally very busy and don’t have the time to read pages and pages of information. Keep you CV crisp, making the points clear with enough information to interest them but without expanding into great detail.
 
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