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August 21, 2019
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Five CV mistakes that ruin your job opportunity

In this highly competitive arena, even the tiny details make difference. So, do not take your CV for granted. Here are a few CV mistakes that are made by people every time and which lessen your chances to zero even and thus ruin your job opportunity.

Not targeting your employer

If you only correct one mistake on your CV, make it this one. Why do you actually want to work for the company you’re applying for? Are your skills really suited to the role on offer? When an employer reads a CV they really just want to know if you can do the job, so make sure your CV explicitly conveys that you can and why you want to. If you can’t, then it’s probably a good idea not to apply.

Overly simple language

Clarity is important, but so is not sounding like a child. A few descriptive words on your experience and abilities are more evocative than long, monosyllabic sentences.

Ordering previous jobs incorrectly

List your past jobs in reverse chronological order, i.e. most recent first. Companies are more interested in what you did last year than a decade ago.

Too little on your current role

Even if you don’t talk about your old jobs too much, you will need to expand on what you’re doing at the moment. This is the first port of call for an employer. Talk about your skills and achievements in your current or most recent job.


It’s not worth the risk of being caught out in the interview. It’ll be even worse if you get the job and can’t perform the skills you say you can.