5 mistakes to avoid on your CV

almost 3 years ago by Daniel Stargatt
CV mistakes

In this article we take a look at common mistakes made when writing a CV. They may seem obvious but you’ll be surprised how many CVs we receive with one or more of these mistakes.

Now its not necessarily game over for your application if you make any of these. However, you have to keep in mind how many other people are applying for the same job, meaning competition is high and only the best CVs will be considered for a role.

So, here are the 5 most important mistakes to avoid when writing your CV:

Writing in 3rd person

Your CV is about you, so don’t write it as if someone else is writing it for you.

Bad Example: Joe is a hard working and experienced planning professional within the construction industry. He has worked on numerous mixed-use projects ranging from £10m to £100m in value.

Good example: I am a hard working and experienced planning professional within the construction industry. I have worked on numerous mixed-use projects ranging from £10m to £100m in value.

Unaligned with the job you are applying for

Unfortunately one CV does not fit all job applications. It is important to take a more tailored approach to every job application to help address specific needs of a job and what the employer is looking for.

Read the job advert you are interested in applying for and decide which skills, experience and duties are the most important and tailor your CV to cover all of these points. For most employers CV checking is a tick box exercise, so they want to be able to read through your CV quickly and easily to check you are able to meet their requirements and the needs for the role.

Too much detail

For the more experienced professional we appreciate you will have a lot more to talk about, but don’t fall into the trap that you have to include every little bit of detail. Obviously you need to list your full employment history, but try and keep the summary of each role brief and maybe elaborate a little more on the more recent roles. You should really aim for 2 to 3 pages, so just focus on being more concise and less waffly.

Remember, the initial phone call and interview offers you the chance to be more detailed, so make it a punchy sales tool and less of a novel.

Accomplishments not duties

We recently wrote an article discussing why including accomplishments in your CV really matters, which we suggest you take a couple of minutes to read. A common mistake, which we discuss in the article, is that people tend to highlight duties rather than accomplishments. An accomplishment is an achievement not what you do.

An achievement helps an employer picture how you can help his or her team/business succeed. So be proud and write about your biggest achievements and show off how good you are.

Missing contact details

Yep, it does happen and although LinkedIn can help with this mistake just make it easy for the person reading your CV to be able to contact you by simply adding your contact details clearly.

What next?

Honestly, you may think these are obvious to bring up but it does happen and we just want to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. If you would like more advice on CV writing then check out our CV writing tips.

If you are looking for a new role or would like to find out about opportunities available then get in touch with us. Alternatively you can easily search all of our current construction jobs and simply apply with your CV.