Mistakes to STOP making on your CV!

18 May 2016 Joanna Byerley

So, we are spending a little bit of time focussing on CVs at the moment, as they are so instrumental in getting us to interview. A couple of weeks ago we considered how to give your CV a bit of a makeover. Now we are going to cover the mistakes that you should really NOT be making on your market research CV.

Spelling & Grammar – There’s no excuse for getting anything wrong on a CV. Sometimes if you’ve been working on something so much, you can’t see the wood from the trees and you will miss mistakes, so ask a couple of friends to have a quick proof before sending it out. Ooh, and check out this article in the Telegraph on the top ten spelling mistakes found on CVs, and do some cross-referencing to make sure you’re not falling into the obvious traps!

Personal Details – Firstly, don’t make any mistakes on your personal details – if they can’t actually get hold of you because your mobile number is wrong, it just means that you’ll never know about a possible interview. And secondly, make sure your personal email address isn’t something ridiculous that you started using in your teens or at university – it won’t reflect very well on you now as a professional adult.

Telling Lies – Don’t make wild claims on your CV. Prospective employers will do their homework and you will probably be found out. Also, don’t leave out key information. Put on that job you did, even if it was for a short while and explain your reasons for leaving it prematurely. People scanning your CV will be looking to make sure there aren’t any gaps, and if there are, you will likely be asked about them in an interview.

Formatting & Filing – Don’t put ‘Curriculum Vitae’ at the top of a CV; it’s much more important than your name is at the top, standing out and in bold. Also, don’t use elaborate fonts, ensure that it doesn’t look too busy, give it a simple file name, and make sure that it can be opened on all computers. Finally, try not to break the sacred two-page rule for your CV!

Salary Information – It’s a big mistake to include salary information on a CV. If a prospective employer wants to know your current salary include this in the covering letter. If you include it without being asked, it means that you won’t have any bargaining power if and when it comes to being offered a job.

And the biggest mistake that you can make comes when you think you’ve finished ‘doing’ your CV and you are ready to start sending it out. Wrong! What you’ve done by using the steps above is create a template of your CV. Don’t forget, when your applying for specific jobs, you need to read through a job description and tailor, tailor, and tailor your CV again to fit the role you want to apply for! Good luck happy job hunters.

As for a selection of the market research roles that we currently have on offer check these new briefs on our Live Jobs page. We got some really exciting senior roles this week so start re-writing this CV …