5 x Common CV Mistakes

Ben Watkins Recruiter

5 x Common CV Mistakes

Having supported hundreds of Senior Executives with their CVs, including many during the pandemic, I have noted 5 of the most common mistakes that we encounter, the good news is that these 5 mistakes can be rectified quite easily.  If you are looking to create a professionally written CV, then hopefully these tips will help.


1) Including Personal Data!

Many Executives still include too much personal data in their CVs and could this be hindering rather than helping with their job search?

For example:


  • Date of birth
  • Full home postal address
  • In countries such as Sweden, it is common to include the names of your children and partner!
  • Copies of work permits! 

Much of this personal data is often connected to passwords as we are often asked for such data.  Further, with GDPR policies, many employers and recruiters may not wish to store certain personal data.  This could mean your CV may be getting deleted stopping you from being contacted for job opportunities. 


* Verdict – Remove any unnecessary personal data from your CV as it doesn’t add any value and may end up with your profile being removed from an internal database


2) Your CV and linkedin profile do not match

The content of many CVs do not match up with the individuals personal linkedin profiles, so this may cause suspicion from employers and recruiters.  For examples, different dates of employment for specific jobs or even inaccuracies with employer names.

* Verdict – Ensure the content of your  CV and linkedin profiles are as consistent as possible



3) Old Fashioned CV Style

The Technology industry is very modern, fast-moving and dynamic, thus your CV should portray you in the same way.  

Many CVs we observe look tired, use old fashioned fonts, contain photographs taken over 10 years ago and just look out of touch for the year 2020!


* Verdict – Modernise and refresh the appearance of your CV!


4) Too wordy

Cramming as much content into 2-3 pages of a CV is fairly common because many think more pages is not viewed as a positive.  Unfortunately, the result of this  is often a difficult to read, busy and ugly looking document that may end up in the bin.


As your CV often has less than 30 seconds to make an impact  , make it attractive.  A professionally written CV should jump off the page.


* Verdict – Ensure your CV is easy to read, gets the message across quickly and does not look cluttered so you get noticed!


5) Too much employment history

We have noticed many Executives include much content from their employment history from over 15 to 2o years ago.  Pages of content describing what you did between 1995 and 2005 is not really going to make you jump out.


* Verdict – Include, but summarise your early career highlights, whilst focus most content on the last 10 to 14 years or of experience



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