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CV Howlers Revealed

2011-02-23 09:45:47

Published on 2011-02-23 09:45:47

Before you load up the ink cartridges in your printer to produce the latest version of your CV, you might want to stop and give it a quick once-over.

That's because despite the plethora of advice available about successful CV writing, many people are still committing cardinal, obvious and just downright bizarre errors.

According to a survey of more than 700 employers by, one applicant listed a supernatural being for one of his references – namely, God, the Telegraph reported.

Another made a similarly proud claim – that he was direct descendant of the Vikings – while one said he had experience of being a master of time and the universe.

One ditched the idea of using a printer to produce a formal CV by submitting one on a page ripped out of an exercise book.

And one brave, and refreshingly honest, soul, simply wrote: "I want a job".

Aside from these strange anomalies, employers said they did not like CVs that ran longer than three pages, those that were littered with misspellings, ones with large blocks of text and those lacking a cover letter.

But "communication skills", "problem-solving" "computer software skills" were all popular phrases.

"You want to stack the deck in your favour when writing a CV," Tony Roy, president of CareerBuilder EMEA, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

"Make sure to highlight key accomplishments with quantifiable results, so employers can see how you put your skills into action. It's also important to remember that employers often use electronic devices to screen and rank CVs."

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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