Avoiding The Worst CV Mistakes
Most CVs contain a few easy-to-overlook blunders. It is these types of mistakes that can wreck your chances of landing that dream job. Below are some of the best slip-ups. We hope these examples of the worst CV mistakes will give you a real understanding of how important it is to check your CV thoroughly before you start sending it out. Everyone can make a mistake, but putting them on your CV can have serious consequences.
Here are some of the worst CV mistakes – you decide whether these are real!
Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.
Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.
Although I trained as an Accountant and for the past eight years I developed a successful career in Accountancy, I am bored by it and hence wondered if you have any other opportunities that may be of interest to me?
Let’s meet, so you can get really excited over my experience.
Personal Statements: 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.
Since graduating a year ago I have devoted the last year to travelling the world. I know that once I get into a job I will be able to head up your Export Department in no time at all.
I was working for my mum until she decided to move house.
Marital status: Single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.
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.
Unwilling to re-locate or travel as my previous job involved a lot of travel sometimes at short notice and it completely exhausted me.
My goal is to be a psychologist but since I didn’t go to college and get a qualification, I suppose I should stick to being a personnel manager.
I tend to only procrastinate when I have to make a decision.
Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a National Retail Chain.
Additional Information: In 1992 I had brain surgery to remove a tumour. It was traumatic but I think I am well now.’
The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.
Achievements: I was proud to win the Typting Award at secretarial college.
Work Experience: Dealing with customers’ conflicts that arouse.
In recent years commensurate with my career development, I have been more engaged in the management of relevant projects.
“My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.”
“Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting.”
“Personal: Married, 1992 Chevrolet.”
“I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
“I am a rabid typist.”
“Created a new market for pigs by processing, advertising and selling a gourmet pig mail order service on the side.”
“Exposure to German for two years, but many words are not appropriate for business.”
“Proven ability to track down and correct erors.”
“Personal interests: Donating blood. 15 gallons so far.”
“I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely nothing and absolutely no one.”
“References: None, I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.”
“Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.”
“Don’t take the comments of my former employer too seriously; they were unappreciative beggars and slave drivers.”
“Qualifications: No education or experience.”
“Disposed of $2.5 billion in assets.”
“Accomplishments: Oversight of entire department.”
“Extensive background in accounting. I can also stand on my head!”
Your CV / resume represents you so remember how important it is to check for grammar and punctuation. Sometimes a word transposed or omitted can have a devastating effect.
Before you send out your CV/resume, you should make sure you have an effective cover letter. You can download a software program that enables you to produce powerful letters by following their process.
Whatever your profession go to our sample CV / resumes by job title page where you can find free examples of:
Sample IT Project Manager CV / resume
Sample Security Officer Chronological CV / resume
Sample Warehouse Operative CV / resume
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