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Worst CV Mistakes

Applying for jobs can be stressful. Your CV is the first chance to sell yourself and make an impression on potential employers. Of course, the impression needs to be a good one. It is your personal advertisement and should therefore provide an overview of you as a candidate, highlighting your positive skills and experience. With just 10-15 seconds to impress recruiters, how is it that some jobseekers fall at the first hurdle of job-searching?

In order to lighten up your job search, we have compiled a list of the worst CV mistakes and provided advice on how to avoid them. We don’t want you to be that person who makes the wrong first impression.

Personal details

Your personal details and contact details should be relevant, precise and correct (e.g. date of birth and nationality). Employers do not want to see additional irrelevant, unprofessional information as seen from our real CV examples:

· “Let’s meet, so you can get really excited over my experience.”
· “Single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.”
· “In 1992 I had brain surgery. It was traumatic but I think I am well now.”
· Contact e-mail address:, etc.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities on your CV should highlight exactly why you are a suitable candidate for a specific position. It should be clear and consistent unlike the examples below:

· “I am loyal to my employer at all costs. Will consider anything, please feel free to respond to my CV and call me on my work number.”
· “I tend to only procrastinate when I have to make a decision.”
· “I will give the job my all as long as it doesn’t interfere with my busy social life. My social life is very important to me.”
· “Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail”
· “I have integrity so I will not steal office supplies and take them home.”

Skills, qualifications and experience

Keep the skills and qualifications section on your CV relevant to the post to which you are applying. You may be skilled in various areas which may not translate across all industries:

· “Can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”
· “Able to say the ABCs backward in under five seconds.”
· “Dealing with customers’ conflicts that arouse.”
· “Have repeated courses repeatedly.”
· “Child care provider: Organised activities; prepared lunches and snakes.”


Keep the hobbies section on your CV brief as many employers are not interested in passive hobbies. Also ensure you have checked for spelling and grammar mistakes…

· “Enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians.”
· “Drinking and girls”.
· “Having a good time.”
· “Sunbathing on the beach.”
· “Cooking dogs.”


Make sure this section is relevant to the position you are after. Potential employers will be interested in all the training courses you have attended and awards you have received in your previous employment, but not in the examples below…

· “Nominated for prom queen”
· “I was proud to win the Typting Award at secretarial college.”
· “Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
· “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”

Why do you want this job?

No matter how mundane a position appears, find the positives in the role and emphasise these. Do not use an example from below:
· “to keep my parole officer from putting back me in jail.”
· “to earn money.”


Ensure your references are suitable, do not include your best friend or drinking partner and do not list your referees as follows:

· “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don’t know their phone numbers.”

Silly mistakes, like the ones shown above, although funny, do NOT look good when trying to impress employers. Keep to the three CV-Library tips and ensure it is concise, precise and entice to make that GOOD impression!

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