CV Don’ts: What to Exclude from your Property CV
You’re putting your CV together and feeling chuffed with your masterpiece but have you got the basics right? Sell your CV best by avoiding these CV Don’ts…
- Exceed two sides and if you can, keep it to one
You don’t want to put the reader to sleep. Only include what is most relevant to the job that you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a front of house position, customer service experience will be most relevant.
- Include irrelevant personal information
Contact details, yes. Nationality, age, marital status, social media handles etc. no. This information does not affect your ability to do the job.
- Include an inappropriate email address
Keep your email address as close to your name as possible and ditch those that resemble something like email@example.com.
- Embellish the truth
Don’t lie. You’ll be asked to elaborate and give practical examples at interview stage.
- Use unprofessional fonts
Just as you wouldn’t use a crayon to sign a contract, you wouldn’t use Comic Sans to write your CV. An easy to read, professional font is important if you want to get your CV noticed and a good rule of thumb is to use a sans serif font like Calibri, Arial or Verdana.
- Use graphics or tables
Graphics and the software that recruiters use are not friends. Recruitment software scans your CV and picks out keywords applicable to the position you’re applying for but very often, it’s unable to read graphics and tables meaning that your CV will fail to get noticed!
- Avoid CV clichés
Ditch the clichés and evidence your skills and experience. As an example, if you say you’re pro-active, what have you achieved by being this way? Can you evidence how you take initiative to go above and beyond helping residents and guests, for example?
Forget to spell check
Spelling and grammar mistakes are a real turn off. Check, check and check again, and even ask a friend to proof read. Show your eye for detail and make a good first impression.
If you found this post helpful, why not keep reading and take a look at one of our earlier articles here? Equally, if you think you’re on the right track and are ready to upload your CV, you can use our CV Dropoff or alternatively browse our latest vacancies here.