“CVs” – Leanne’s latest blog
It never ceases to amaze me that on a daily basis I see CVs which are, to be frank, diabolical.
Take a CV I received today for example. This was sent to me in application for an office based vacancy which clearly states it requires “attention to detail” and “strong IT skills”. It was completely riddled with spelling mistakes and the whole three page document was in small size 10 font and underlined to the point where it hurt my eyes just looking at the first paragraph. Now because I’m a relatively patient person (sometimes – it depends on the day if I’m honest) I wanted to see if this person had the relevant background for the vacancy, so I did actually spend more than 30 seconds reviewing the CV. However, anyone else will simply not bother. See what I mean? Annoying isn’t it?
I fully understand that there are health reasons why some people have difficulty spelling, so if you have Dyslexia then a cover note explaining that can be so helpful for the reader to understand.
For people where spelling just may not be your forte, there is a very clever tool on PCs these days and it’s called a spell-check. Who knew?
Failing that, you can ask a friend or family member you trust to check it for you. There are CV templates everywhere nowadays to see what they should look like – there are no excuses with the internet available. Google “CV template” or have a look at the one on our website http://www.rsegroup.agency/we-need-you/a-sample-cv/
The layout should be simple – WRITING EVERYTHING IN BLOCK CAPITALS JUST LOOKS DREADFUL TOO – IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING AND GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN THE TIME TO BOTHER WITH YOUR CV – SO WHY SHOULD WE OR ANY FUTURE EMPLOYER? It will just get filed under “B” for binned.
Typing everything in bold is also not very pleasant for the eyes of the person reviewing your CV – picking out relevant information to the job is however. So if the job advert you have seen is asking for something specific which you have, then yes of course highlight that skill, experience or qualification with bold or italics. Not the whole document – please?
If you need any help or guidance with your CV – then call and ask for myself, Leanne who would be more than happy to help – 01424 830000