The Write Way to Get a Job: don’t be boring


The Write Way to Get a JobWhatever you need to write about yourself in your job search, at all costs you must avoid boring your recruiters and potential employers. Here are some handy hints to help you make sure your CV/résumé and other documentation are interesting and lively.

It’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this series, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential explains the best ways to express your career information in your CV/résumé.

And if you want to catch up on all the earlier articles in the series, just check out the sidebar to the the right > > > > and they’re all there for you to help yourself.

Here’s Lynn…

This article is all about miscellaneous and irrelevant information that many CVs unnecessarily include.

Some of these misnomers are obvious, others obtuse but all of them affect your chances with the recruiter and weaken your case for finding your perfect job.


No doubt you are using email to send your CV or to register on specific online job sites. Your email address says a lot about you and can reflect your personality.  Many candidates have unprofessional email addresses for instance or which detract from your content and are unlikely to impress an employer. At the same time using a risqué, silly, comical or crude email address also means that spam filters kick in and you will end up in the trash folder.

One embarrassing error that occurs frequently is when candidates fire off emails with their CV attached, except instead of attaching their CV they send a different document.  An example seen recently was when a claimant’s letter to insurers was received instead of the CV.

Poor attention to detail sadly rears its ugly head again.

Common faux pas

If you send your CV as an attachment to a recruiter (especially if you are writing speculatively to them) there is a chance that PC virus and spam settings may flag the email up erroneously and send your email with the CV attached to a trash folder. This means that all your hard work and hopes will be dashed without you knowing anything further.

Mundane errors

  1. Lists are useful and serve a purpose in focusing your reader on your specific skills. However, duplicating skills lists in every section make dull reading and won’t make you stand out from other people with similar abilities.
  2. If you include too many facts in your work experience you risk overloading your reader and losing the relevance of your application.
  3. Writing in an informal way makes your application familiar and unprofessional.
  4. Not including keywords, alternative terms or abbreviations that would help your CV be found online.
  5. Using in-house or sector specific terminology within your CV narrows your chances of being short-listed.

Not enough information

Albeit that the advice is to have a maximum of a two-paged CV, some of you go too far and provide a very brief concise document that has no substance at all.

With little or no factual information it is nigh on impossible for the initial short-listing decision to be made and therefore no informed decision can be taken on your ability to do the job.

Additions and omissions

medium_4020584983Then there are the honest candidates that mention (and occasionally justify) low grades, degree awards or test scores; this is information that the recruiter does not necessarily need to know and again, may alter their perception of you.

Already mentioned earlier in this series of articles is the inclusion of hobbies and interests. Another serious oversight is including ineffective information, for example your interest in kite flying on your CV, and then forgetting that you have mentioned it.

Following the introduction of age discrimination legislation in October 2006 in the UK, it is no longer necessary to include your date of birth.

Unless you have been asked, and it is relevant to the role you are applying for, the state of your heath is of no particular interest to the reader of your CV.

Likewise your marital status and children’s details are irrelevant, adding no value to your CV and ability to undertake tasks at work.

Your UK National Insurance number is not required at this stage of a recruitment process and nor are full names and addresses of possible referees.

Remind yourself at all times why you have written your CV and what its purpose is.

Irrelevant information

Recently spotted howlers which have been seen on CVs.

**I am talk, dark and very good looking so when you meet me you will definitely employ me

**God fearing

**Please do not think that I have jumped from job to job from the 15 jobs listed.  I just get itchy feet and need change.

**Personal interests (man) – painting my toenails in varying colours

**Personal profile:

Height – 5ft 2″,
Weight – 10 stone,
Religion – catholic,
Colour hair – black,
Colour eyes – blue

**Qualifications: No education or experience.

**Marital Status: Unmarried Bachelor

**Interests: I enjoy driving around in my Lamborghini at the weekends

Let us know of your experiences in compiling a good CV for your job hunting … which approaches you’ve used and how they changed your chances!

The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)
“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)
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  1. I do wish I’d kept some of the dumber CVs I’ve received over the years.
    I used to hire copyeditors, and most of the candidates’ resumes hit the trashcan immediately because of grammar or spelling errors.

    • That’s one of the points I try to get across to candidates – make simple spelling or grammatical errors and there is NO chance of being selected. Sometimes it takes a while for candidates to get this point. So often they rush their applications and resumes because there’s opening of interest and they just submit without preparing or checking. Can be dumb.


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