Finally, your dream organisation has a job opening for which you are best suited. The job advertisement has brought you hope of not only landing a well-paying job but also spending time doing what you love most.
Your dream job is now an application away. To make the job a reality, you get up and running to prepare a CV and a cover letter. However, your efforts may be rendered futile by simple mistakes.
Imagine how long you have waited for that job. You don’t want to lose that opportunity, at least not as a result of carelessness. Instead of learning how costly the mistakes are the hard way, allow me to share ten CV mistakes to avoid.
These mistakes in the application process, determine whether you are good enough for an interview let alone clinching the job. A CV littered with errors puts off the human resource who will not bother trying to understand what you intended to say.
The best thing to do with such a CV sent to the ‘no’ pile. Is that where you wish your cover letter and CV to end? I guess not. So, what CV mistakes should you avoid?
1. Misspelling Names
What’s in a name? If you want to capture the attention of the person to whom you are addressing the CV, be sure to write their correct name. Using the person’s proper title will be a straightforward strategy of creating rapport. Remember it’s not a person you are seeing, so you can’t afford to blow up this opportunity.
To show respect to the person who is to receive your CV and cover letter, address them using their correct titles. For example, do not spell Mr James as Mr Jones. Otherwise, that may earn your CV and cover letter a straight ticket to the trash folder in their mail.
What is the name of the company and what products do they deal produce? Using the correct company and product name is a sign that you did your research well and already have all the relevant information about the company with you.
A candidate with prior information about the hiring company has higher chances of being invited for a job interview compared to those that are uninformed.
2. Double-check The Names
Stop! Double-check to see if your CV has the company name, product name, and the name of the person to whom you are sending the CV correct. If not, correct them. But I’m the writer of the CV; it can’t be that I made mistakes.
How about the e-mail? We are in a digital world, where hardly will any company ask you to drop hard copies of your applications. GIGO is a computer principle that will apply. If your mail is garbage in, to the recipient, it will be garbage out.
Be careful to see that the spell checker has not altered the names of the company as well as that of the product. If you are not sure of the names, you can always check adverts as placed in the dailies.
If the advert was on their website, visit the portal and ascertain the correctness of the names. It’s better to check and realise you were correct than fail to monitor and paint a picture of incompetence to the hiring manager.
3. Don’t Get Confused
The more applications you send at once, the higher the chances of landing a job. While that may be true, be careful lest you get mixed up. If planning to use this technique, you should have measures put in place to ensure that the right CV goes to the right job.
While at it, avoid the temptation of duplicating the same CV for all job applications. Generic CVs and cover letters are an easy option but hey no pain no gain.
Invest in Targeted CVs and cover letters. Here, you tailor make them suit the job requirements. That doesn’t give you room to lie about your qualifications. You should be in a position to substantiate skills and experiences in your CV.
Sending the wrong CV when applying for a job is a grievous mistake. To avoid such a mistake, consider creating different folders for different applications. In that folder, put all the relevant details concerning the specific job application.
Secondly, be sober and keep off confusion during the application process.
4. Attach The Following Documents
This instruction is always so familiar with the job application. The application process is a way of marketing yourself to the recipient who I believe is the hiring manager.
How good are you in taking instructions? Failure to attach the documents as directed, says that you are not trustworthy with instructions. You do things your way.
I’m sure one of the attributes specified in your CV is “has an eye for details.” But is that what an email lacking attachments say? Show yourself worthy of the job attaching the required documents.
Cross-check to verify your attachments, then click send. You don’t want to send a love poem in the name of an enclosure, do you? Make sure the attachment is right.
5. What Format Is Your CV?
Recently, someone sent me a document whose file format my computer couldn’t open. I did all I could to get a glimpse of it, but it refused utterly. You are not the only person applying for the job, so in case your CV is in a format not supported by most computers, you can forget about the role.
To be on the safe side, let that file format be .doc. Every computer can open a CV in .doc format. For artisans and the creative’s’ CVs, there is a need to use the PDF file format. The PDF file format can accommodate more details with samples of projects accomplished. These projects may be the tools needed to win the hiring manager’s heart.
Make it easy to access your CV, and that may be all that is needed to get a call for the interview.
6. Yes, It’s A CV
Sure, they asked for your CV in the advert. However, that doesn’t mean you use the whole first page of your CV reminding them it’s a CV. Instead of having the title as Curriculum Vitae, in bold and font forty-eight, Use the space to write your name.
You want them to remember you long after reading your application. What a better way to know you than to have your name as the first thing on your CV?
Unless you are out of your mind, your CV must have your official names correctly stated. Do not go to the extremes of using artistic fonts while preparing your CV. The decorative font will make it negatively noticeable.
Prepare your official documents in font 12, Times New Roman or something similar as recommended
7. Be official
It’s a job application and not a request for a movie date. So, by all means, avoid cutesy personal email. If the email you are to use in sending the application is the cutesy type, it’s time you upgraded to a more official one. Head to Yahoo, Google, etc., website and get yourself a new email address.
An application from firstname.lastname@example.org may be the last to get read. A cutesy email anywhere in the CV will blindfold the hiring party to the portfolio packaged in the CV. Nobody wants a joker for an employee.
If your referees’ email addresses do not carry the seriousness with which you are seeking this job, drop them and look for new points of contact whose emails don’t raise an eyebrow.
8. Check Once More
Once sent, the application is final. Since it’s irreversible, a couple of times of checking may avert a mistake that you are just about to make. Verification ing is so tiring to using spell checkers, but nothing good comes easy.
Be ready to pay the price of getting hired. While you are complaining, another applicant has gone the extra mile to use software like Grammarly to make sure that their sentence structure, grammar, punctuations are all perfect.
You don’t have any reason to send a substandard application. Check for the tenth or twentieth time to correct any noticeable mistakes.
9. Perfect Spell Checker?
If its human-made, then you know it’s not perfect. Your spell checker might have failed to detect some grievous errors. How good are an editor you? Go through the application once more, if it feels okay look for a better editor than you. The editor can be your friend or relative.
Since you are job hunting, they don’t have to ask for hefty payments. A cup of coffee and a few snacks would do them good. The negotiation for editing doesn’t have to be an uphill task. Not when you are dealing with a friend.
If lady luck smiles at you, your friend or relative can do so absolutely free. Appreciate them the best way you know how.
10. Press Send
If you did all the above and failed to hit the send button, all the above will be a waste of valuable resource. Press send, but no, not so fast, take a deep breath then relax. It’s time to read through your application once more.
Remember, your primary goal is to do away with any mistakes and error. Your CV should be not only error-free but also outstanding in matters quality. Let the CV market you to the person to its recipient.
It’s your marketing your portfolio. That is you have to write the application with all due diligence. It is a case of putting the best foot forward. So which is your best foot?
Let’s do the last reading since you will not have to send another CV. This application is a golden chance we don’t want to blow up. Are you cork sure that it’s perfect? Press forward.
Having avoided the stated ten mistakes, you can hope to secure the job. In the wait, you could make follow-up calls to be sure your CV was well received — the request to work on it, maybe proof of confidence. Confidence is a competitive edge if you ask most hiring managers. And who knows, it may be all you need to land the job.
Are you eyeing an employment opportunity in some place? Writing a CV does not have to be an eleventh-hour thing. Writing the CV under pressure is the source of CV mistakes.
To minimise these mistakes, make CV writing a continuous process. Update your achievements, skills, and experiences as you accomplish them. If what you need is targeted CV, editing will be a lot easier. Following are the ten CV mistakes to avoid; Misspelling or using the wrong recipient’s name. Mr James and Mr Jones are two different people.
So, you have identified the company for which you want to work. Be informed and careful to use the company’s correct name. If you have to mention the products it produces, spell the names rightly.
Don’t send to Tom a CV meant for Harry. Avoid being mixed up. To avoid confusion, send the email with a relaxed mind. It will save you a great deal since you don’t want to tell your potential employer how confused a being you are.
When it comes to attachment of documents, proofread the CV and cover letter just before attaching, so you don’t send something different. Don’t throw your records as a follow-up email; do as instructed. Attach.
It’s essential that you send the CV in standard .doc file format. .doc File format CV is readable from any computer. Indicate your name boldly on the first page of your CV instead of the title “Curriculum Vitae.”
Avoid like a plague the use of cutesy emails in the CV or during sending of the same. Before pressing send, use spell checkers to edit, proofread and use another person to check how correct the CV is.