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Common errors in a CV

A CV is certainly the most important document in the lives of the professionals. A sudden slip, a loophole, a mistake and it may cost you the job of a lifetime. The talent hunters and the HR managers do not just look for what your CV contains. They also very cleverly squeeze out the factors that make you unfit for the profile. Your CV, other than informing the recruiters about your candidature, also lets them have an idea about your attention to detail, your interpersonal skills, your personality etc.

Here we have laid down the 4 common mistakes that happen in a CV. Read them carefully and ensure that your CV do not fall prey to any one of these.

Spelling and grammar errors – believe it or not but more than 50 per cent of the CVs have the spelling and grammatical errors. Where as one can work on the spelling errors, all thanks to spell check and a thorough cross examination of the resume, it gets a bit tricky to decide whether the grammar is right or wrong. Of course, we all know how to make our subject agree with the verb, or do we? In case you are writing a CV in your second language etc, you may want to take someone else’s opinion on the same, and perhaps that of some expert. One advantageous trick would be to ensure that the entire document is written in the same tense and the same voice.

Mentioning the references directly – another common errors which most of the people do while writing their CV is to mention the references there itself. Firstly, you do not want your perspective employer to ring your current employer; hence you should never mention his contact details in the references. Secondly, just do not mention the references at all. Simply write “adequate references can be produced if solicited” or something on the similar lines, but please do not enlist the references in the CV itself.

Check again whether the information provided is right or not – you need to run a thorough check, whether all the details that you have mentioned are correct or not. At times, people have such diverse profiles, that it become difficult to keep a track of all the information that matters. Check the years and dates, check the contact information etc and only after that should you disperse your CV to various Human Resource managers and talent scouts.

Do not send the same CV to all of your perspective employers – either you have a generic CV or you may need to tailor made your CV which you send to different employers. Different recruiters look for different skills and hence your CV should focus on what they are looking for, rather than being a little autobiographical note about you.

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