Another common mistake is to use the wrong font size.
It is a temptation to make the font size smaller so that you can cram more information onto the CV or resume. But make it too small and the CV becomes difficult to read – and that means a recruiter will not read it.
On the other hand make the font too large and the CV will look like a children’s book and so will lose credibility – and that too means a recruiter will not read it.
The ideal font size is between 10 and 12 point depending on your choice of font.
Boring is best.
Finally, avoid using a number of different fonts or varying sizes throughout the document as this can look messy and unprofessional. Be consistent and use the same font all the way through.
If you want to draw attention to certain areas then use bold, italics or underlining – but use them sparingly or they will lose their impact.
Once the CV is finished it is always a good idea to have someone look over it.
Why not get an experienced, professional CV writer to analyse and assess it for you? They will do it for free and can give you their professional opinion on whether your CV not only looks right but gives enough compelling reasons why you should be interviewed, or whether you will never hear from that prospective employer again.
If it needs work they can put it right for you quickly and cheaply so your next application won't be wasted.
Before you send it to anyone else get your CV checked out.