Common Mistakes People Make on Their CVs

Common Mistakes People Make on Their CVs

IT is a popular field that is filled with well-qualified candidates looking for work. In busy cities like London jobs in IT especially the project management jobs are highly prized, so competition for vacancies is fierce. Your CV is the window on your work life that employers use to filter candidates, so it must be carefully crafted to give you the best possible chance of a successful job application.

Your recruitment consultant will be able to take you through the crafting process to ensure that your CV brings the results you are hoping for and help you avoid the common mistakes that many job applicants make:

1. Too general

Many jobseekers adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach. They prepare a single CV and use it in all their job applications. Each job and employer is different; you must, therefore, have a CV that is tailored for the specific application. You have specific qualifications and skills and you should highlight those that that are relevant. For example, if you speak a second language, say Japanese, you should place this more prominently on an application for a job with a company that has strong ties with Japan than one that is entirely Europe focused. It should not, however, be highlighted such that your IT qualifications are relegated to second place.

2. Work history

Employers look at work history to establish your experience and achievements. It is an important area to get right. It is not sufficient merely to give a range of dates and say that you worked at a particular place in a particular role. More detail is required. You should state clearly what your role embodied and give details of any special achievements. Include anything that will create a good impression on your prospective employer.

Some jobseekers do not even put their work experience section in correct chronological order. This is simple to do and makes it look much more attractive. It is important, too, to list your most recent position first; this is the one that will catch the employer’s eye.

3. Embellishment

Your CV is meant to showcase your abilities and achievements but avoid the temptation to embellish the truth or include outright lies. If you claim a skill that you don’t have, you might be able to learn it before the interview but there is a very high probability that you will be found out, especially in a technical field like IT. Employers respect honesty; any attempt at deception and you will probably be shown the door.

4. Too long, too technical

Your CV serves as an introduction. Employers do not want to be overwhelmed with a lot of technical jargon and do not want to have to wade through long documents; they have to go through too many CVs. The CV should be kept to no more than two sides of A4 and should not be too detailed.

5. Presentation

Take time with the formatting and presentation of your CV. If it looks well set out, it will catch the employer’s eye much more than a poorly conceived document that is untidy and badly ordered.

IT job vacancies attract a good number of candidates. This is especially true of London jobs in IT as the city is one of the world’s major IT hubs. But, with the help of the right recruitment consultant and armed with a carefully prepared and tailored CV, you will give yourself the best chance of heading the list of likely candidates.


Peter Holbrook is a recruitment consultant at Randstad Technologies. If you are interested to find out what the salary national average is for your job role in your specific location, check out Randstad’s Salary Survery.