Everybody knows about the importance of having a good CV at the time of looking for a job; it is definitely our cover letter. This tool has become more complex and diversified because it does not have an only format: we have a paper CV, a digital CV (PDF or Word), a CV in specific social networks or, we add to this, our professional profile in the traditional CV.

However, no matter what the situation is, there are certain things we need to bear in mind due to the fact that we cannot make mistakes that can lead us to be away of the job we are looking for.

Leaving aside mistakes such as spelling or typing mistakes, which are the 60% of our most habitual ones in a CV, we will share 4 typical mistakes that you need to avoid when sending your CV:

  1. Give lots of information without saying anything important

Experts suggest writing a one/two-page CV because the 77% of the recruiters take no longer than 5 minutes to read them and, in fact, only the 56% admit taking no more than 60 seconds to each of the CVs they receive.

If we have loads of information to include, we should focus on what is useful for the position we are applying for. Including information which might be useful but we are not sure can be counterproductive. Our objective should be to develop a CV which has the correct information and it is easy to read, which allows recruiters spot what is required for the position we want in a quick glimpse.

2. Write long phrases to describe knowledge

To make sure you have a CV that allows recruiters have a quick visual analysis and appreciate your abilities, there is a mistake that cannot make: explaining or developing phrases to describe knowledge. Let’s analyze this with a simple example:

Write in our CV: “Development with PHP programming language” or “Development in PHP” are phrases which can be simply replaced by “PHP”.

These abilities, mentioned in a simple way and separated by commas, are more visible for the recruiter who is having a quick look at our CV and save space in it.

3. Keep a professional use of social networks

As we have already mentioned, social networks are part of our CV (or a CV in itself in the case of LinkedIn). If we use social networks such as Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; Google+, among others to show our professional profile, we cannot make the following mistakes:

  • To have an incomplete or outdated profile;
  • To show disjointed use of social networks. Regularly, when someone visits our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, they get a correct impression of us, but then, on Facebook, we publish rude comments, destructive criticism or offenses when giving opinion of different issues. It is in this case when it is not coherent the image we want to provide. Once we have chosen the networks we are going to use to show our professional profile, the same should be shown everywhere;
  • Take care of our relationships, because social networks are part of our social relations. If we answer in a rude way to a negative comment, we will be considered impulsive, aggressive, with no emotional control, etc;
  • The image we want to give is also linked to the one we show in social networks. Everything we share is linked to an ideal image, an idea, an opinion, etc. This is the reason why we should be careful about what we decide to expose in social networks.
  • Keep an active role, not giving an isolated image or nule interaction. Creating profiles in networks not to be used later on damages our profile.
  • Avoid problems, especially the ones which can generate a value judge to our professional profile. To talk about topics such as politics, religión, sexuality, crisis, etc is not good if we want to use social networks to show our professional profile.

4. Having a standard CV

A very common mistake is when we think that having a tidy and neat CV can help us find any position we want. It is not like that. Our CV should be adapted to each search, highlighting what is valued in it. Some useful and practical advice is to have a complete CV on our PC which includes all our experiences, knowledge, abilities, studies, certifications and some other points we usually include in CVs. After that, according to the position we would like to get, we should design a CV with the most important.

What is not included in our CV can always be expanded in the interview after getting the recruiter’s attention.

It is clear that there is not a magical formula to have a 100% effective CV but to bear in mind all the tips developed throughout this article will definitely improve the effectiveness of our efforts in looking for a job.

Written by Sebastián Alvarez for Talent IT up. Degree in Management, specialized in Human Resources. Employment Trainer. Teacher at UNICEN.