I’ve seen some crazy examples of what people call a CV, and I have to say that I can’t believe how wrong some of them can be. This is your livelihood – actually it’s your life – all laid out on a few pages for people to see. This is how they will decide who you are and what you are capable of. If you can’t get even that right, how do you expect to be hired for the job?
Keep those CRAZY fonts to yourself
I personally am a visual person, so this irks me the most. My disposition even goes so far that when members of my team give me something to edit and it’s in Times New Roman, I have to change it to Calibri before I can even attempt to do anything with it. I’ve even tried to get them to change the font of our blog to something I like more (maybe they’ll cater to my OCD whims for the launch of our new website and blog – coming soon!), so when I get those crazy or hard to read fonts I just go mad.
And I’m sorry, even if you’re a fan of green and purple, there’s no need to incorporate that into your font (use it in your colour scheme at home). You might be thinking, ‘Well, how about I use it in the background design for my CV?’ Ok, I see where you’re going with that, but make sure you understand that each colour has its own psychological influence on what we feel. Blue is professional ,and yellow is happy and quirky. Make sure you use the right colour for your position.
Remember that people can only assume your tone from what you write (which I hate, because you have to work overtime to make sure people can visualise exactly how you would say it), so that means when you type in ALL CAPS it looks like you’re shouting. Be careful with your punctuation marks, make sure to use italics only where appropriate and please, please, PLEASE don’t use slang in your CV.
Even if I had the most AMAZING resume, do you think they would follow through after seeing my email? As embarrassing as it is to admit it, this used to be my email address. What was I thinking? Well, I was young then, still in high school and none of this stuff really mattered to me yet. But the minute I started applying to jobs, can you guess what the first thing I did was? You guessed it! Changed my email.
Did you proofread?
Yes, we’re all humans and we all make mistakes, but this is the one place you can’t. Read it, let your brother read it, let your neighbour read it, heck – bribe your friend into reading it, just reread it as many times as you can. A mistake can definitely cost you the job.
On your way to an awesome new you, and an awesome new job, make sure your calling card is like your profile picture on a dating website – better than the actual thing.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what kind of image are you painting with your resume? Is it a masterpiece or a Primary School project gone horribly wrong?