Common mistakes made while preparing CV

Are you confident enough about your resume? Are your technical skills effectively showcased? It is very important that you must showcase your resume completely right. The most important thing to remember … a recruiter will spend only 30 to 40 seconds on your resume to check whether you are fit for the job or not just by reading the first paragraph or a few lines!

Grammar – Mistakes

Grammar is the most common problem found in most of the resumes. How to fix this problem? Send your resume to some expert or your senior, friends and ask for a feedback and checking spelling mistakes twice before sending your resume to any company.

 Too lengthy or Too Short

The most received complaint from a recruiter – the resume is too lengthy or too short. If you want an ideal resume, make sure that it contains not more than 2 pages. If you are a Ph.D or have number of publications then you can go for 3 pages.

Career gaps

Karma – nobody can escape from that thing. Things happen in life and due to that you may have lost your job – the reason can be sickness, baby care, personal reason etc. but don’t think gaps always give a negative impact on career. Only thing you have to do is if you are having a gap is to explain truly about your gap to the recruiter.

Different fonts and text sizes

If you have used variety of fonts and images then it will give recruiter headache and then the recruiter is not going to take your CV seriously. So the best solution is always maintain same font and size while making resume.

You need to keep your resume simple as well as professional. For heading and sub-heading, bold and underline is acceptable but make sure the font you use is completely professional.

Customize your Resume as per job description

Randomly applying for jobs and later feeling that no recruiter is calling you for an interview. HR team is very specific about the candidates they want to recruit. So, customize your resume as per the job description given by the employer. DON”T APPLY IF JOB DESCRIPTION DOESN’T SUITES YOUR PROFILE. Before applying, make sure you edit your CV depending on job role so that your candidature looks relevant in your application.

Spelling Mistakes

Please don’t rely on spelling checker, Don’t forget that your CV is your reflection. If you commit mistakes (even small), the recruiter might think that you are a careless person. It may harm your chances of getting your dream job.


If you are applying for a job in pharma industry or clinical research, no need to put your photo. Photo in CV is required if you are applying for a acting job or modelling job.

Never Lie about your experience

Now a days, recruiters are using third party verification and technology. So if you lie, you cannot escape. Be honest – that’s the only key.

Salary Details

Don’t include details about your salary in your CV or cover letter. This will look very unprofessional to recruiter and they might not consider your CV for the particular job.

Must follow above mentioned suggestions and increase your chance of getting your dream job. 

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