CV Mistakes to Avoid
- Don't bother with irrelevant information such as height, weight, pets etc (it happens!).
- Present information in logical groups -don't, for example, mix college qualifications with work experience (again, it happens).
- Clarify any gaps between jobs, i.e. Dec 2006 – May 2007 Travelling in Australia.
- If you've temped intermittently at various companies lump them together, for example: Jan-Aug 2010: Temporary employment through New Frontiers working in Business Travel assignments for prestigious companies such as American Express and HRG.
- Don't add gaps in employment onto the next job.
- Don't lie about your age or qualifications. You could tie yourself up in knots trying to explain discrepancies and leave the interviewer with a poor opinion about your integrity.
- Ever left a company on bad terms, or been dismissed? Don't leave this employment out of your CV. You may well find that you don't get as bad a reference as you imagine. Employers would prefer to give non-committal references than vindictive ones.
- A CV riddled with spelling or typing errors gives the impression of illiteracy at worst and sloppy work at best. Ensure that your computer spell check is defaulted to English UK not English US.
- Always proof read before sending.
- Always update your details properly.
- No wacky email addresses. “email@example.com”, does not paint a professional image.
Remember, a CV is not just an information document, it's a sales document - selling you to a future employer. It should ideally contain no more than 3 pages, regardless of experience. For employers speed-reading CVs in volume, a short summary of your experience and skills will provide the appetite to read on, for example: “Business Travel professional with 5 years experience, ticketing to advanced level and CRS skill
- Capital letters, bold and underlined words shout out to the reader. Use of these should be used only to highlight your strengths. Check to see you haven't highlighted negative areas.
- Make sure you have spell-checked the CV and that it is grammatically correct.
- Check that the overall appearance of the CV is tidy and looks professional.
Do you have a winning CV?
Speed-read your CV one last time and look for these key points:
- What stands out?
- Were you drawn to the positive aspects of the CV?
- Did the CV make you want to go back to the beginning and read it more thoroughly?
- Was it easy to read?
Now give it to a friend and ask their opinion about what immediately catches their attention.
Be realistic with the roles that you apply for! We receive numerous applications by candidates who do not meet the required criteria for a job. If you do have the skills required, make it clear on your CV otherwise it is just a waste of your time.
Don't waffle! Give clear accounts of your Duties and Responsibilities and leave the 'other bits' to the interview. It's not just what you say; it's the way that you say it.
Jose joined New Frontiers in 2000 working a variety of roles from recruitment consultant to in-house recruiter and staff trainer and now General Manager. Jose has a wealth of travel industry experience having worked in travel for 8 years prior to joining New Frontiers with roles in retail and for a tour operator.