5 CV mistakes which could be costing you an interview

16 November 2017

LinkedIn ShareShare
More

 

If you have been looking for a new role within manufacturing for a while and don’t seem to be getting invited to any interviews, even though you seem like the perfect candidate – it may be down to your CV. Whether or not recruiters are desperate to fill roles, they won’t send candidates forward for jobs if they don’t have good CV’s. These are some common mistakes which may be costing you those all-important manufacturing interview invitations.

 

Poor formatting

It doesn’t matter how good your experience is within production or manufacturing and how skilled you are – if your CV is poorly formatted, it is likely to put employers and recruiters off. The paragraphs should be aligned correctly and spacing should be consistent throughout the CV. You should also aim to stick with the same font, as using a range of different ones, can make the CV look messy. It is a good idea to save your CV in PDF format as this makes it easier to read on different formats. We always use Arial 10 or 12 when formatting our CV's prior to shortlisting.

 

Bad spelling

There really is no excuse for this – after all, there are plenty of spelling checks out there. If in doubt, ask someone else to check it for you. Bad spelling is highly off-putting and shows you have either rushed through it or you are careless. Neither of these are appealing to prospective manufacturing employers.

 

 

Too long

There is no need to have a CV which looks like an essay; this can actually have the opposite effect of what was intended. As a general rule 2-3 pages is enough. Recruiters only tend to skim through CV’s and they definitely don’t have time to read 10 pages of text.

 

No contact details

If you don’t have any contact details on your CV, how do you expect employers or recruiters to get in touch with you? Your contact details should be at the top of your CV and it is a good idea to use a header for this information, as this way it will be on every page. Contact details should include your telephone number and email address; a LinkedIn profile can also be useful to provide the recruiter with further information.

 

 

Lack of key manufacturing or production experience

It is important to format your CV into sub-headings, which will include your experience, skills and your qualifications. Although experience is essential, the recruiter will also want to know what skills you possess, and this is quite often omitted from CV’s. It is a good idea to use keywords, as quite often recruiters look for these or they may use recruitment technology which only recognises specific keywords.

 

Your CV is your shop window and is the make or break as to whether you will get invited for an interview. It is important to take care when creating your CV and ensure there are no errors. It is also a good idea to tailor your CV to each role you are applying for.

 

Looking to discuss your career options? please arrange a 15 minute career call with us today

 

CLICK HERE TO ARRANGE A CAREER IGNTION CALL

 

 

 

Helping Manufacturing Professionals across the UK to find their next career move

 

 

Comments

Currently there are no comments. Be the first to post one!

Post Comment

*
*
*

Featured Jobs

Construction Project Manager – Heavy Engineering

Construction Project Manager – Heavy Engineering  Bonfire Engineering Recruitment is proud to be retained by a major global engineering, design and project management consultancy in the recruitment of a Project Manager to focus on the delivery...

Full Details

Commissioning Engineer (Global Travel)

Commissioning Engineer (Global Travel)  Bonfire Recruitment is proud to be retained by an innovative capital equipment manufacturer in the recruitment of a customer facing commissioning engineer to implement the commissioning policy of heavy engineering...

Full Details

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager  Bonfire Recruitment are retained by a market leading HORECA supplier and manufacturer of high volume specialist products and have a newly created opportunity for an experienced Territory Business Development Manager...

Full Details

PLC Programming Engineer SPECIAL Projects , Global

PLC Programming Engineer SPECIAL Projects , Global  Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of a permanent PLC Programming Engineer for a SPECIAL projects role focusing on Global data and communication systems at our international clients UK...

Full Details

Lead Control & Instrumentation Programming Engineer Siemens S7 - Derby

Lead Control & Instrumentation Programming Engineer Siemens S7 - Derby  Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of a permanent Lead Control & Instrumentation Engineer (C&I) for a Siemens software focused role at its established and growing EPCM client in Derbyshire,...

Full Details

Lead Control & Instrumentation Programming Engineer Siemens S7 - Rotherham

Lead Control & Instrumentation Programming Engineer Siemens S7 - Rotherham  Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of a permanent Lead Control & Instrumentation Engineer (C&I) for a Siemens software focused role at its established and growing EPCM client in Derbyshire,...

Full Details