5 Things No Recruiter Wants to See on Your CV

Recruiters may receive dozens or hundreds of CVs, and if you make a mistake on yours, it could be dismissed very quickly. Here are five things that no recruiter wants to see so you can avoid making the same mistakes.

1. Bad Spelling and Formatting

Simple spelling errors could see your CV dismissed immediately. Once you have finished your CV and you are ready to submit it, run in through an advanced spelling and grammar checker like Grammarly, and get someone to proof it for you to catch any errors you may have missed.

Make sure it is also formatted correctly. If it is too long, difficult to read or confusing, it stands less chance of being accepted.

Use a standard font size of 11 or 12, use bullet points and avoid using creative touches. Look at some examples of CVs online to find out how to format yours properly.


2. Unexplained Gaps in Your Work History

Sometimes you may have gaps in your work history. While these are not always a problem, you still need to explain them. If you have a few months or years where you were not working, these could lead to suspicion. Perhaps you were volunteering or maybe you were ill or made redundant.


3. Being Too Generic

Your CV should be tailored for each specific application. Never send the same CV for every application because it will be obvious to the recruiter.

You can use a template, by all means, but always edit it for the specific role.

Assess the job requirements and then include the skills that match the specifications, and only include relevant experiences.


4. Being Clearly Underqualified

If you are underqualified, this will be clear to see. Applying for a role for which you do not have the experience wastes everyone’s time.

Be ambitious, but know what is realistic. Look at the required skills.

Do you really have them?

Can you use evidence to back them up?


5. No Contact Details

One of the simplest mistakes of all is to forget to include your contact details.

This is also easy to rectify. When you create a CV template, include your contact details and don’t change them.

Otherwise, you might be perfect for the role, but there is no way for the recruiter to contact you.


Don’t Make These Mistakes

These are just a few of the mistakes that will get your CV rejected.

Others include using an unprofessional email address, including a photo with your application, and using too many cliches and buzzwords.

Fortunately, most mistakes are easy to avoid.

So don’t get turned away at the first hurdle because of a simple mistake, and improve your job prospects by checking your CV carefully for the above errors.