If you’re sending out loads of CVs and not hearing anything back, it may be time to give your CV a much-needed re-vamp.\r\nThere are plenty of CV mistakes that graduates make, which don’t seem like a big deal at the time, but can majorly diminish your chances of getting the job. \r\nHere are just a few of the most common CV mistakes, according to five employers.\r\n1. Having spelling errors and bad grammar\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nWhether you proofread it yourself, or get somebody else to, checking over your CV from start to finish can be the difference between being accepted and being rejected.\r\n“Spelling mistakes are still so common, no matter how many times someone gets told,” said Jade Thomas, Office Manager at Pure Commercial Finance. \r\n“The best thing to do is print it out and read it before sending. You always spot so much more when it’s printed.”\r\nThe Director and Founder of Careermap, Simon Bell, advised putting your application through a spell and grammar checker like Grammarly.\r\n2. Exaggerating the truth\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nWriting that you’re an expert in Microsoft Excel might seem like a great idea at the time, but when you get the job and are asked to perform a V-lookup you will instantly regret your decision.\r\nThe managing director of Illustrate Digital, Scott Jones, said: “It’s important to be confident and sure about who you are and what you have to offer, but don\u0027t lie or oversell yourself.”\r\nHis advice? “Be real about what you know and what you\u0027re still keen to learn. Don’t forget that skills can always be taught.”\r\nEmily Web, HR manager at Liberty Marketing said: “Whilst it might make your CV look a bit better, it will show in an interview if you can’t back your skill levels up when questioned.” \r\n3. Poor formatting\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nPoor formatting is one of the first things employers notice when looking at your CV. It can reflect badly on you, as it looks like you don’t pay close attention to detail.\r\n“Your CV is you on paper, so make sure the layout’s as close to perfect as possible. This means no typos or jarring font changes halfway through,” said Rebecca Martin, a recruitment manager at Connect Assist \r\nThomas said: “If something is formatted badly or candidates don’t advertise themselves well in the first few lines, then there isn’t much point in reading on.”\r\n“We’re looking for CVs which are easily scannable, clean and professional” explained Bell.\r\n4. An unoriginal personal profile\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nIf your personal profile is full of clichés, you’re going to look like someone who doesn’t have original ideas.\r\nBell said: “You’d be surprised by how many CVs we’ve read which use the sentence ‘I’m a hard-working, driven individual, who works well independently and as part of a team.’\r\n“Although, these are great qualities to have, we’re looking for you to expand on this, think how have you gained these skills? How does it relate to the position you’re applying for?”\r\nMartin agrees that writing a short personal statement or a professional bio at the top of a CV is essential. She says it “should give an idea to a prospective employer of the type of person you are, your work ethic, values and what motivates you.”\r\n5. Not focusing on your achievements\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nWhen writing CVs there can be a tendency to focus on your duties in that role rather than your achievements.\r\n“It’s great to see where someone has worked,” said Martin, “but the focus should be on what a person has gained from their employment and what they can bring to a new company.” \r\nMartin explained that when writing your CV “an outline of your key achievements should be where the most time and effort should be spent, followed by your skills \u0026 experience section.” \r\nShe added “Both sections should be concise, factual and easy to review at a glance. These will hook your future employer into your CV so that they pay attention to the other sections.”\r\n6. Making your CV too long\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nWe asked the employers how long they think the ideal CV should be.\r\n“Ideally, no longer than one page,” said Martin. “If that’s not possible, make that front page really stand out so your new boss will want to pay attention to the rest.”\r\nWhen it comes to CVs “nobody wants to read a book,” remarked Thomas, “especially when there are so many to go through.\u0022 \r\nWeb thinks the length of an applicant’s CV really depends on the role. “You would expect a very experienced person’s CV to be two to three pages, whereas someone less experienced should have maximum of two pages.”\r\nBell advises not to worry too much about the length of your CV and recommends that you “focus on the quality of your CV rather than quantity.”\r\nWhen writing a CV, he said to “highlight your skills, personality, career aspirations and education level.”\r\n7. Putting the wrong contact information\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nMaking mistakes about your contact details is a common mistake that can be detrimental to your job search.\r\n“You can often have an applicant who looks like a great fit on paper, but you can’t reach them to discuss the position,” explained Martin. “I think this is because most people tend to focus on the main content rather than the small details.”\r\n8. Not tailoring your CV to the specific role\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\n“Rather than a generic CV, which is vague and sent out to a large number of employers, we want to see applicants tailor their CV to the job description,” advised Bell.\r\nTailoring your CV “shows that the candidate has performed research into the company and role and is a much better way of selling yourself”, said Jones.\r\nIt’s important to thoroughly read the job descriptions and pick up on key words and phrases, Martin advised.\r\nDrawing the employer’s attention to relevant skills you’ve picked up in roles – even if the roles aren’t directly related to the job you’re applying for – is a good way to demonstrate that you’re a good fit for the company and the role. \r\nJones added: “It’s a bonus if you’ve got experience in similar roles, but if you haven’t then tailoring your CV to highlight how you’ve gained useful experience in other positions that will be relevant for the role you’re applying for is the next best thing.”\r\n9. Including references\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nAlthough this isn’t always a no-no, Bell advises against including references unless explicitly asked, as these are “usually requested further down the recruitment process.”\r\nMartin explained that for her, references on a CV are really nothing more than a name. “For successful candidate’s reference details would be requested and the relevant request would be sent to the referees”, she said.\r\n10. Not including hobbies and interests\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nWhile it’s important not to include too many hobbies and interests, they can be good to show your personal side and demonstrate some valuable transferrable skills. \r\nWeb said: “Hobbies and interests are a great way of giving an insight into who you are as a person and how you could possibly fit within the team.”\r\nThink about the things you’re passionate about which will support your application, Bell advised. “These hobbies can show teamwork, leadership, time management and communication skills, as well as showing your dedication and commitment ”, he explained.\r\n11. Using an inappropriate email address\r\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \r\nBell explained that one thing that massively puts employers off is using an inappropriate email address in an application. Putting an unsuitable email address as a contact detail can instantly derail your application, as it can make you seem extremely unprofessional and overshadow the rest of your application. \r\nBell explains: “We really have seen it all, from email@example.com to the less mild versions, which we can’t repeat”.\r\n“Unfortunately, no matter how good your CV is, employers won’t continue you to the next stage of the recruitment process, it’s doubtful that they’d even read it,” he warned.