Guest Blog: These 7 CV Proofreading Mistakes Will Help You Polish Up Your Writing by Mary Walton

These 7 CV Proofreading Mistakes Will Help You Polish Up Your Writing

It’s vital to proofread anything you write, but that’s especially true for CVs. When you submit a CV to a recruiter, you have around 6 seconds to impress them. They have to pare down their list quickly, so if they see any errors in your writing, you CV will be thrown out. Avoid this by proofreading yours effectively, with these 7 tips.

  1. Check Your Layout

It’s easy to make changes to your layout without even realising it. For example, your font size or style may change, if you’ve copied and pasted sections in. Make sure that your layout is consistent throughout the whole document, so it looks professional and ready to send.

  1. Don’t Rely On Spell Check

Spell check is a very handy feature, and it can help you do a first pass on your CV. However, don’t assume that that’s enough and submit your CV and covering letter. It can’t catch everything, so you need to manually proofread your CV yourself. This is because it can’t catch issues where you’ve used the wrong spelling of a word, as it will just see that word as correctly spelled despite being used in the wrong context. It also can’t pick up factual errors that you may make. It’s best for a first pass to pick up obvious errors, but then you need to proofread it manually.

  1. Proofread Several Times

“If you try and pick up every error in one sitting, you won’t manage it,” says resume editor Edward Carrington at Ox Essays. “Instead, you need to make several passes to ensure that you’ve got everything. A good way to do this is to use each pass for a different type of error. For example, you can use one pass to find spelling errors, another for grammar mistakes, and so on.”

  1. Check Your Facts

Now, you’d think you be able to get the facts right in your own CV. By and large of course you will, but mistakes do happen. For example, one of your references may have moved jobs, or you may have mistyped your phone number. Things like this happen all the time, so make sure you’re checking for errors like this when you’re proofreading.

  1. Use Online Tools

There are plenty of online tools that can help you write and proofread your CV. Give some of these a try:

  • Resumention: This site is designed to match you with expert CV writers.
  • Via Writing: Improve your grammar skills with this site.
  • CV Service: Work with writers to create a good CV (incurs a cost)
  • State Of Writing: This site is full of helpful writing guides.
  • Boom Essays: The Huffington Post recommends this site as a writing guide for you.
  • Cite It In: Get the right citations for any source with this tool.
  • Essayroo: This writing agency will help you put your CV together (incurs a cost)
  • Easy Word Count: This tool will help you keep your CV short and to the point.
  1. Keep It Short

Recruiters don’t have a lot of time to read through every single CV, so the shorter you can keep it, the better. The optimal length is about one page long. This makes you stick to the most important information, and makes it more likely your CV will be read. If your CV is longer than this, it’s time to cut it down.

  1. Read It Out Loud

You will feel a bit odd reading the CV out loud to yourself, but it’s an incredibly effective way of proofreading it. As you’re reading, you’ll be looking at your CV in a different way. It will help you pick up every error that’s ended up in the text, making it easy for you to mark them for correction once you’re done. You can do this by printing the CV out too, giving you an extra step back from the writing and helping you be subjective.

These tips will help you proofread your CV properly, catching any errors that have been made and polishing it up ready for submission. Make sure you use them during your editing process, and you’ll have that interview in the bag in no time at all.

Written by Mary Walton, City Alumni

Careers Service

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