1. Spelling mistakes
Rather, show your CV to five people before you send it: others notice spelling mistakes more quickly, simply because they read the text without prejudice. Pay special attention to technology names, if only because head-hunters and corporate HR people search for these in their databases. If you misspell these, you haven’t a chance.
2. Long-winded sentences
Simple and understandable wording means that you are an organised, intelligent person. If you beat around the bush, chances are that you also do so in life.
Even the CV of someone in their 50s can be squeezed into two or three pages. It is particularly the case in IT that experience gained in now obsolete technologies of 10-15 years ago is not very relevant.
4. Listing of irrelevant knowledge
Don’t, except if your CV is very Spartan and if you are sending a general CV to a recruitment agency. If you are applying for a position as a software developer, you can leave out the cookery course – unless that’s a very important part of your personality. (See elements of a CV.)
5. Your father’s workplace, your siblings’ numbers and workplaces, etc.
Cadre-style selection is no longer in fashion. Companies look at what they can gain by employing you. If your mother is a teacher, that won’t make you a better system engineer. For them, anything that’s not about your performance is not a useful information.
6. Mentioning something you don’t know, part 1
For example: ‘I don’t know how to programme in C’ or ‘I used to be highly proficient in C++, but have forgotten it by now’. Don’t include any negatives. Of course, should you be going for a position for which you don’t meet the necessary requirements, rethink the application.
7. Mentioning something you don’t know, part 2
If you write that you are proficient in Word or Excel, it would be highly embarrassing if you centred your name on the page by tabbing in four times, not to mention if you simply used the space bar. Nowadays, your CV generally reaches the decision-makers electronically. Yup, user software isn’t that difficult, but even so, you must also master them, too. Not even mentioning that it can cast doubt over your professional knowledge. If you don’t use simple word-processing commands properly, the suspicion is there, that you don’t do so when coding in Java.
+1. Redundant information
You have to write your CV like a good novel. That is, every line should contain NEW information. If, for example, you were a system administrator for three different companies, you don’t need to write ‘user support’ for each of the three positions. Rather, it should be evident that you saw to more serious tasks. That is, write in your first position that you ‘user support and preparing configurations’, in the second system admin position write ‘update- and licence management’, and for the third, ‘server park replacement, supplier coordination, drawing up virus protection regulations, arranging backups’, even if you did all these at each of the three companies.
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