Getting your CV right can be one of the hardest things to do. Graduates need to make sure what they include is punchy and positive. However, certain things can get your CV instantly binned so be careful not to get fall into these traps and hinder your career ambitions.
Here are the 5 ways to get your CV instantly binned...
1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
This is rule one. Graduates won't get anywhere with the slightest mistake in their CV or covering letter. Employers can not justify employing a graduate with errors in their application when competition is so fierce. There is nothing worse than clicking send and noticing an innocent but deadly typo and knowing there's nothing you can do about it.
2. Impenetrable Files
When sending your CV, especially over email, if an employer can not open the file they won't persist. Stick to typical document file types like .doc or .rtf so employers can easily access the document. Your CV is not top secret.
3. Sky High Ambitions
You are not going to be able to earn £60k in your first few years as a graduate recruit. Nor are you going to be able to ascend to a senior management position in your second or third years. Employers like ambition, but do try and have some perspective. You are not Jordan Belfort.
4. My Life: The Early Years
Employers can not be bothered to read a documented history of your life and nor will they. Keep it sharp, precise and punchy. Don't tell them anything that you don't think will help you get the job. They will more than likely not care.
5. Attach the right file
For this fifth and final way to get your CV instantly binned is by attaching the wrong file. There is a story here and a lesson to be learnt from poor Vanessa Hodja in Canada. She was applying to a Bank of Canada role and instead of attaching her CV attached a picture of Good Ol' Nic Cage. Take a look at the full story here.
These are all very straight forward mistakes and can easily be avoided but they do happen. You are highly unlikely to get any job if you make any of these mistakes, even with the help of Nic Cage.