Serious CV blunders and resume mistakes to avoid
Finding the right job is difficult enough without making unnecessary
CV blunders that can cost you the job. On this page we will list
serious, humorous and plain avoidable CV blunders and Resume mistakes.
No contact address in the CV
How frustrating for the hiring manager! He may have appointed you
within the blink of an eye, but alas - no contact address. Always
include a contact address and make sure that the contact address
Ridiculous contact address in the resume
Stupid as it may sound, but your contact address says a lot about
you. Avoid free e-mail addresses such as yahoo, hotbot etc. Gmail
has some credibility and won't be frowned upon. If you have to use
a free e-mail address in your resume, rather go for Gmail. Please
don't use an e-mail address such as johniemonkey@ monkey-around.com
it will show that you don't take things seriously.
CV blunders that can be avoided:
- Spelling mistakes (use the spell checker and get another person
that can spell to proofread the document).
- Grammar mistakes (do the same).
- Fancy fonts - may work well in primary school, but stick to
good old Times Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Tahoma for the resume.
- Too small font size - select a font size that is readable in
the range of 10 to 14.
- Font mixing - use one type of font.
- Picture without asking - only include a picture if you are applying
in Japan or China. If you are in the entertainment business your
picture will be important, if not, rather leave it.
- Including information that can cause discrimination such as
marital status, age and weight. Give yourself a fair chance. If
not asked don't supply. It is illegal for an employer to ask these
questions directly, so why volunteer?
Keep an eye on this page for more CV blunders to avoid in future.