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Looking for a career change and just starting your job search? Before you submit your CV with a job application, it’s usually a good idea to have someone look at it first. This way, you can have a chance to make edits before it’s in front of a hiring manager.
CV critiques benefit people who are looking for a new job in many ways. For example, a professional CV reviewer will take the time to analyse your CV just as an employer would. Then they’ll give you their suggestions for edits, so you have a chance to revise your CV before sending it over to a hiring manager.
Creating a CV from scratch is challenging. Luckily, you can use a template as a guide for formatting your CV content creatively. However, using a template doesn’t ensure a perfect CV—there is still room for error. Let’s go over five of the most common CV critiques.
Poor choice of fonts, design and formatting
Often, when writing a CV, less is more. After all, the average recruiter spends about six to seven seconds looking at your CV. Keeping it short and concise will allow recruiters to assess the most important information quickly. For example, it’s not necessary to include your marital status, nationality or other personal information. On the other hand, you don’t want to submit a blank sheet of paper. Write thorough, brief bullet points with enough action words to display your work history and experiences accurately. Using bullet points for your skills section is a good way to make your CV easy to read. For example, you can list your skills using action verbs in bullet points, such as:
Although not all of the following are completely necessary, some of the most common elements of a CV include:
It’s always best to submit a cover letter along with your CV. Before you submit your cover letter, you can have someone review it to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or formatting issues. Having another person proofread and critique your cover letter and CV is a great way to improve your job applications.
Some of the most common CV writing mistakes include spelling errors, grammar mistakes, poor formatting, leaving off important information, and writing too much for each section.
While you don’t have to send your CV to someone else for review, it’s always a good idea to. After all, it’s easy to breeze past simple mistakes if you’re the one who made them.
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