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CV: 10 errors to avoid

Pauline Le Guilloux

You want to apply for a job or an internship and you are still stuck doing your CV?

Here are some tips to avoid when you are building your CV.

1. Writing all your life
For young graduates and students, a CV should not be too long. You have to select the right information to reflect an accurate picture of your path and give good indication of your professional goals without being too chatty. Synthesis is required.

2. Beginning your CV with the title “Curriculum Vitae”
Everybody knows what is a CV! Rather than indicating “resume” or “Curriculum Vitae” it is wiser to choose a title intended to provide information to your career or your project. For instance, you can write “Account Manager / three years experience on
work-linked training” or “systems Engineer / specialization in aeronautics”. In any case, you need a hook to fit each application.

3. Giving inaccurate dates
Being unclear on dates will put doubt in the mind of a recruiter. In order not to inspire mistrust, the simplest is to indicate the month and year of start and end of each experiment.

4. Being imprecise about your language skills
“Read, written, spoken,” “plain English”. Behind these words, everyone can imagine a different level. Young graduates must show their results with recognized tests like TOEIC and TOEFL, or periods spent abroad as part of a year of study or an internship.

5. Writing common descriptions
An internship in a marketing service is much like another. Only factual information allow to attract the attention of your employer. For instance describe the name and nature of products, budget amount, type of customers, computer tools you used etc. You have to show quantifiable results.

6. Overlooking your summer jobs
In the CVs of young graduates, summer jobs or student jobs are always appreciated by recruiters who see it as a sign of commitment and dynamism.

7. Creating a resume by skills
Presenting one’s career in a thematic form, competencies is not a good idea. Some recruiters do not like this because it is difficult to get a clear opinion of the scope of a candidate when the skills used are disconnected from the context. In short, it is a form to be banned for students.

8. Grammar errors

There is nothing more discouraging for an employer than a CV full of spelling or grammatical mistakes. Use the spell-checker on your computer and do not forget to ask someone to proof read your CV before you send it out. It’s always good to have a second opinion about your CV.

9. Lying

Remember that your CV has to be a true representation of yourself. Lying about your experience or qualifications will not help you because you risk getting find out during your interview. So be confident! Your skills and talent are enough to get a job.

10. Sending your CV application to the wrong company

Every CV has to be different. If you’re sending several applications at once, check that the right CV is going to the right job. If your CV does not fit each job advert, it can really reduce your chance of being selected.

Remember that your CV is a mirror of yourself. Be demanding with the final version of your CV.

And do not forget to be proud of your achievements whatever they are.

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