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5 Most Common CV Blunders
First round of enhancements
Workshop
Dr. Arvind Agrawal
1. Content Errors
• CV created to give information rather than
‘sell’ services
• Overuse / underuse of power words
• Infor...
2. Using complex language
• Long paragraphs
• Long sentences
• High-blown expressions
• Too many words where few will suff...
Words to avoid on CV
• Capable
• Scalable
• Hard working
• Creative
• Innovative
• Communication skills
• Motivated
• Skil...
Bring in functional elements
• Created new employee orientation program
• Initiated cost-saving procedure
• Secured 5 new ...
Words to have on CV
• Achieved
• Improved
• Trained
• mentored
• Managed
• Created
• Resolved
• Volunteered
• Influenced
•...
3. Proof Reading
• Spellings
• Care not taken for lower / UPPER case
• Punctuation marks
4. Formatting Errors
• Not using bold / italics / underlines, etc
judiciously
• Inconsistency in alignment / listing patte...
5. Finishing Errors
• Selection of paper
• First print vs. photocopy
• How does CV appear / feel on first glance?
Questions please!
Take-away-s?
Thank you!
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Most common cv blunders

  1. 1. 5 Most Common CV Blunders First round of enhancements Workshop Dr. Arvind Agrawal
  2. 2. 1. Content Errors • CV created to give information rather than ‘sell’ services • Overuse / underuse of power words • Information not presented from Company executive’s point of view • Providing excessive information • Exceeding 2 pages
  3. 3. 2. Using complex language • Long paragraphs • Long sentences • High-blown expressions • Too many words where few will suffice • Makes distinction / sense in single reading? • 3-Minute test
  4. 4. Words to avoid on CV • Capable • Scalable • Hard working • Creative • Innovative • Communication skills • Motivated • Skillful • Exceptional • Effective • Energetic • Successfully • Organizational • Extreme words like Go-getter, synergy, out-of-box,
  5. 5. Bring in functional elements • Created new employee orientation program • Initiated cost-saving procedure • Secured 5 new accounts worth $2K each in monthly revenue • Negotiated contentious labor contract successfully • Increased line productivity 23% • Ranked 1st in sales among peers • Executed new employee incentive program • Achieved Employee of the Year for breaking existing sales record Examples
  6. 6. Words to have on CV • Achieved • Improved • Trained • mentored • Managed • Created • Resolved • Volunteered • Influenced • Negotiated • Launched • Revenue
  7. 7. 3. Proof Reading • Spellings • Care not taken for lower / UPPER case • Punctuation marks
  8. 8. 4. Formatting Errors • Not using bold / italics / underlines, etc judiciously • Inconsistency in alignment / listing pattern • Selection of fonts / font size / font colors • Margins
  9. 9. 5. Finishing Errors • Selection of paper • First print vs. photocopy • How does CV appear / feel on first glance?
  10. 10. Questions please! Take-away-s? Thank you!

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