CV Mistakes

Should you have 2 CV

Is a 2 CV approach better than 1?

It’s an eternal question; is a 2 CV approach better than 1? You may have possibly heard that you should tailor your CV for a specific role that you are interested in? Which is the correct option? Neither.

Tailor a copy of the CV

The straight answer is have one CV as the best all round representation of you and for each role that you apply for tailor a copy of the CV for that particular role and job description. But [blockquote align=”left” cite=”Laszlo Bock, Google Chief Of HR”]People who tweak their CVs or résumé the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune your résumé.”[/blockquote] in doing so, it is probably pertinent to heed the recent words of wisdom from Google’s Chief of HR Laszlo Bock. “People who tweak their CVs or résumé the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune your résumé.”

How you get around the issue is key and being methodical is critical. Even then, you may succumb to word and grammar blindness, whereby no matter how many times you go through the document the mistakes are not all rectified or spotted. When a CV is received like this by a recruiter, the first instinct of the reader is to look for detail that includes the applicants attention to detail and attention to grammar. The more senior you are, the more likely it is for your CV to face a granular inspection. After all, if you intend to be the head of business, then you should be able to sort out the detail on a CV, shouldn’t you?

CV writing just isn’t fair

If only it were that simple! CV writing is a difficult and challenging process for nearly everyone, and just because you might be able to run a multi-million dollar industry does not necessarily mean that you can conjure up a CV that represents you in the best possible way. There are a number of options around this. Firstly, be mindful that if you choose to ignore the option of tailoring your CV it will put you at a disadvantage. Secondly, as a professional CV writer to assist you [button size=”large” align=”center” link=”tel:+442033228853″ linkTarget=”_blank” color=”green” textColor=”rgba(255,255,255,1)” width=”500″ icon=”mobile-phone” icon_color=”#ffffff”]Want to know more? Click here to call from your device[/button] Thirdly, if you want to go it alone Grammarly provide a great tool for proof reading which can help ensure that the CV is as close to perfect as possible.

What to write in a CV

Just seen your CV can I ask what you do?

The scene: CV sift day – when we crack open the machine that gathers applications and look inside, hoping to spot diamonds amongst…

I like to think of myself as human (post first coffee AM). As a human reading a CV (I make this point to avoid a comparison with an applicant tracking system), I want to know who you are, what you have done and where you ply your trade. After that you can give me some choice morsels of highlights etc. I take this for granted. Which is why I’m surprised this week by a number of MD Level CVs that have been sent to an executive position that we are recruiting for. The place of work had no detail except for the name of the organisation.

Why this is an CV issue :

The organisation element of career history is a pinch point in your CV, and if you give the reader a couple of lines about the business then they can quickly quantify your role: (imagine if you will, that the box below in red is snipped from such a typical CV)


[error_msg]Acme Thunder – Managing Director
A PLC employing 20,000, with a turnover circa £900M providing loud noises and occasional flash systems for cloud and storm fronts internationally from 24 countries.[/error_msg]

If I omit the bold italics (so that you can see the detail) from the description of Acme Thunder above, I deprive the recruiter of:

[list style=”list11″ color=”red”]

  • Type-PLC
  • Employee Number-20K
  • Turnover-£900M
  • Industry-Sky
  • Sectors-Storm fronts, Noise and Light
  • Reach-International
  • Number of Centres-24


The lack of detail is detrimental to your CV and opportunity. Why take the risk for a couple of sentences of content? Just read your CV, can I ask what you do..?
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