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CV sins that infuriate employers

16/02/2016 - By Josh Spencer

Statistics have shown that 59% of employer stress is caused by grammatical and typing mistakes – do you really want to aggravate your potential employer before you even meet them?

It is estimated that only a fifth of employers actually have the patience to finish reading a CV, meaning that getting that perfect tone, use of language and correct grammar should be at the forefront of your priorities when trying to sell yourself through your CV.

With the job market just as demanding as ever, we’re sharing the top CV sins which drive employers crazy, to ensure you don’t fall at the first hurdle.

1. Phrases

“I’m a hard worker”, “I’m a team player” and “I’m enthusiastic” have all been heard before, which is why it’s a sure fire way to switch off a potential employer. Candidates who shun these phrases stand a much better chance of standing out from the crowd, making them much more likely to be noticed amongst the mountain of CVs a business receives.

2. Spelling mistakes

Making typos and spelling mistakes is one of the quickest ways to get an application rejected, and yet one of the easiest things to get right. Irrespective of how much experience the candidate has or how well they fit the job description, an employer will refuse to read a CV if it’s littered with spelling mistakes.

3. Emojis

Emojis are increasingly being used in CVs to express emotions, despite 42% of employers hating them because of their informality. It is not just emojis. 13% of recruiters found CVs with an image to be “annoying”, making them want to put the CV down rather than pick up.

4. Writing too much

Many people believe that writing too much is better than writing too little, but not in this case. If a CV has more than 2 sides of paper, employers won’t even begin reading. Recruiters are most interested in achievements, qualifications and job roles that are specific to the application, not just in general.

It is estimated that employers spend less than 20 seconds reading a CV, so if they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly, they move on.

5. Contact details

The majority of candidates believe that an employer won’t take into account their personal contact details, but in fact, they do! We can all admit that we’ve been guilty of having a very informal email address, which is why it can’t be placed on a CV.  Email addresses need to be professional, business-like and to the point.

If you’re concerned that your CV isn’t quite up to scratch and you would like to find out how to improve, contact our team at The Recruitment Academy today!

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