5 Fatal CV Mistakes

Your CV should sell your skills to the employer and lead to an interview. But there are many pitfalls you should look out for!

  1. Appearance Counts

A CV with misspellings, written on cheap paper, or with coffee stains does not give a good first impression. Proofread everything, and also let some friends read through the text. Spelling and careless mistakes can send your application and CV to the rubbish bin faster than you realize. 

  1. Do Not Just Write About Your Work Tasks

Do not use all your space for long descriptions of duties and responsibilities. Instead, show what your role was and how you accomplished it in the best way. Ask yourself what problems and challenges you encountered and how you handled them. Be results-oriented and show what the company won because of your efforts. 

  1. Too Long or Too Short 

You often hear that a CV should only be one page long, but it is first and foremost about bringing significant experience. You should not remove important information about yourself just because you have no more space, but you should also not fill the space with insignificance.

CVGuru, Norway’s leading CV help service, tells in an interview that about two pages is the ideal length of a CV, as it makes it possible to include all the most relevant information while discarding the details that are unnecessary. 

  1. Irrelevant Information

Do not include irrelevant information about your hobbies if they have nothing to do with the job or tasks. If you are looking for a job in an art store, it may be OK to write that your interests are art and portrait painting, but if you are looking for another job outside this field, do not include these interests.

As I spoke about in an article on succeeding with digital marketing, directing your efforts toward a specific target will give you much better results than shooting too widely. The same holds for writing a CV; write only about what pertains to the kind of position you are applying for. 

  1. Chronological Order

Use the reverse chronological order when filling out experiences and education so that your own development is clear. If you have not decided on a concrete way to structure your CV – for example by putting your experience in chronological order – the recruiter will often see this and might be feeling that you are not systematic in your work. 

If you are a recent graduate, you can write your education first, as you would want to highlight this. 


Written by Geir Kristiansen

My name is Geir Kristiansen. I have the last 20 years worked in Norways biggest newspapers writing content and creating interview pieces. Writing about pretty much anything that readers find interesting. Now I work freelance! Looking forward to joining Influencive and contributing with high quality content.

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