A bad CV or resume does you no favours

Your CV / resume is vital in helping you get interviews so it should be professional, well-presented and contain no mistakes.  On the other hand a bad CV / resume could be the reason why you are not reaching the interview stage.

Can you find the mistakes in the CV / resume below?

Read through it and see what the owner has done wrong and make sure that you do not do the same!

Sample of a bad CV / resume


Anna Bodi
40 Any Road
Home Tel: Private
E-mail: [email protected]

Date of Birth: 24th January 1978
Nationality: British
Marital Status: Single

Personal Profile:

I can be a hard worker when I need to be and I like having jokes with people. I prefer to work on my own as I find working in teams can be stressful and I don’t like stress. I haven’t worked for the last 7 years as I do not like to travel too far from home and all the good jobs were over 30 minutes away from my house.


  • High level of customer service
  • Good communication skils, both written and spoken
  • Reliable and resonsible

Employment History

Dave’s Wine Bar
Bar Assistant Oct 2002 – Mar 2003

Duties included:

  • Surving drinks and keeping the bar clean

Reason for Leaving: Fired because I had too many days off.

Cathy’s Café
Sept 2002 – May 2002

Duties included:

  • surving customers
  • taking orders and cashier.

Reason for leaving: Did not get on with new owner.

Not working
Went travelling

Aug 2002 – Sept 2002

Luigi’s Restaurant
May 2002 – July 2002

Reason for leaving: Very late working hours.

Au Pair
Sept 2001 – Jan 2002

Duties Included:

  • Careing for two young kids of wealthy couple on a daily basis (9am-7pm)

Reason for leaving: Mother unstable.


St Duncan’s Comprehensive

Exam results:

  • English (Ungraded)
  • Maths (F)
  • Art (D)
  • Italian (C)

Interest/ Hobbies:  My fave hobbies are listening to pop music and going out shopping and drinking with my friends and family. I spend a lot of my time with my boyf Peter watching TV soaps, using Facebook online and playing computer games.


Peter Noone
40 Any Road

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. Just look at some of the worst CV mistakes for examples of bad grammar and punctuation.

It might be funny reading someone else’s errors, but how would you feel if that was your CV or resume?  Make sure you eliminate the mistakes in your CV or resume by reading find the weakness in your CV .

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Once you have constructed a great CV and a covering letter that will impress, upload your CV / resume online and get found by recruiters looking for your skills.  Then you can search for jobs in your country and overseas, find the latest vacancies and start applying instantly.

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