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5 CV writing myths

by Kathryn Heeler | 29 March 2016

When writing your CV, did you look on the internet or seek hints and tips to see what the correct way to do so is? If so you may have come across a few myths that may be preventing you from selling yourself to the best of your ability…

1. Your CV must be confined to two pages
This is one of the most common misconceptions when it comes to writing your CV. If you have a wealth of skills and experience, don’t try to fit it on two pages. All information is important, as long as it is relevant. So don’t miss anything out, you never know that bit of information could be what sets you apart from the rest of the competition.

2. Make it look pretty
Yes, the way a CV is set out is important, however it does not need to be a work of art. It should be clear and concise, and easy for the employer to read. The format of the information does not particularly matter, as long as it is easy on the eye and includes: contact information, education and qualifications, personal statement and employment history, including dates, organisation and responsibilities.

3. CV suits All
In most cases, it is easy to spot a generic CV a mile off, which in turn may give the employer the impression that they are one in the large list of people you have applied  to. You don’t have to rewrite the whole thing, but once you have recognised the requirements for the role you wish to apply to you can write a covering letter tailored to that particular position. You may want to list key achievements you have gained in the past which relate to responsibilities of that role, whilst highlighting any similar organisations you have worked for. 

4. You have to include hobbies
It is important to show your personality when applying for a position, so if you have a rare skill or unique hobby that sets you apart from the rest then of course feel free to express that in the CV. However don’t feel the need that you have to write something. Everyone loves to socialise or spend time with family, therefore this will not benefit you by being on there. You will get the chance to show your personality at interview.

5. A few grammatical errors are expected
It is vital that you double-check and check again for any grammatical errors in your CV, and it is always useful to get someone to proofread it for you to notice anything you may have missed. When recording employment history, remember to keep your past experience in the past tense and your current position in the present tense. Attention to detail is everything, and any typos or mistake will not go unnoticed.

If you would like any further help with writing your CV, don’t hesitate to contact us at Sellick Partnership or check out our candidate resources page for further tips to help you get a new role.