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5 CV Mistakes That Will End Your Application (and How to Avoid Them)

First impressions are often exceptionally difficult to change.

When it comes to applying for a new job, it’s invariably your CV’s role to make a good first impression on a recruiter – not to mention serving as a gateway to interview and helping ensure your application makes its way to the top of the pile.

However, some job hunters seem determined to have their CV tossed on the ‘no’ pile by littering it with grammatical errors, unprofessional fonts or failing to find an angle to stand out from the competition.

At CHASE, hundreds of CVs come across our desk every week, and given that we work closely with most of the major players in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, we’re experts at recognising the mistakes that are certain to end any application.

Here’s what to avoid …

Mistake #1: Not Tailoring Your CV

Companies advertising for a role in pharmaceutical and medical device sales will want to know that you have the requisite skills outlined in the job description. As such, sending off a generic CV that’s not tailored for the position is unlikely to grab the attention of the reader.

Top Tip: Take the time to read the job description carefully and tailor your CV accordingly.

Mistake #2: Failing to Focus on Your Achievements

Although it’s important to display the skills relevant to the role you’re applying for, your CV should also focus on your achievements. Why? Because this is where you can really begin to stand apart from the other candidates.

Top Tip: Make sure your achievements are unambiguous and tangible.

Mistake #3: Adding Too Many Pages

The majority of recruitment consultants agree that, depending on your achievements and the length of your career, the maximum length for your CV is three pages. If you’re in the early stages of your professional life, two pages is more standard.

Top Tip: Less is more when it comes to a polished CV. Avoid filling space for the sake of it.

Mistake #4: Using an Unprofessional Font

When applying for a job, it’s important to use a more professional font like Tahoma or Verdana to make sure your application gets the attention it deserves. We’d recommend avoiding fonts like Comic Sans.

Top Tip: Keep the font professional and consistent – don’t mix your fonts!

Mistake #5: Grammatical and Spelling Errors

If your CV is sprinkled with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, employers and recruiters are unlikely to give it a second glance. Consequently, be sure to check it a few times over before hitting the send button.

Top Tip: Ask a friend or family member to give your CV the once-over prior to applying.

For more assistance on writing the perfect CV, please check out our Help and Advice page for a wealth of information – and remember to connect with us on LinkedIn to keep up-to-date with all the latest job news.