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Faults in a CV

September - November 2020 showed a large increase in the unemployment rate in the UK with a record number of redundancies at an all-time high of 14.2 per thousand.

The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 5.0%, 1.2 percentage points higher than a year earlier and 0.6 percentage points higher than the previous quarter. Now, more than ever, job seekers need to ensure their CV is faultless because on average, recruitment consultants and hiring managers spend less than 10 seconds looking over CV. It is imperative you show yourself in the best light possible to get yourself noticed. Below, we have shared common faults we regularly find in CVs and some suggestions on how you could make small changes to improve your CV:

The email address you set up 10 years ago may have been hilarious at the time, but if you’re looking to be taken seriously when applying for a new job, now is the time to change it.

Missing digits.

Missing either a digit on a telephone number or a letter on an email address shows a real lack of attention to detail and makes the recruiters role even harder. In an employer driven market, recruiters are having to work quicker than ever so saving them time on the small stuff really helps.

Having no contact details at all

Worse than a missing digit is having no contact details at all. Why? Alongside your contact details, a LinkedIn URL also helps recruiters touch base with you quickly.

Upside down CV.

A hiring managers spends less than 10 seconds on average looking at a CV, ensure they focus on the good stuff and keep that at the top and work your way down.


Unless you are applying to be in the arts industry, photographs on a CV are deemed unnecessary.

Hobbies & Interests.

If, under the interests section on your CV you have “spending time with your friends and family” then please note, this does NOT count. That’s a given, you want to stand out, not blend in with vanilla interests. What are you passionate about? Include that here. (I love you Mum and I think you’re really interesting if you read this….)

Forgetting to add qualification after your name

You worked hard for them, show them off!

On more than one occasion, we have read CVs which have spelt “accuracy” wrong... focussing on these small details are key. Your CV provides only a snippet into you, what you have done in your career and what you want from a future role. For more details on our CV writing services, or for an informal chat about how we can help find you a perfect role, call us today on 01722 448 448


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