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Tales from a Recruiter – Some dos and don’ts for candidates and recruiters alike!

If you’re going to claim on your CV that you’ve had (and I quote) a “meteoric rise” in your career…. at least live up to the claim! Unless the  meteor moved very very slowly…


Don’t use a QR code on your CV. Just don’t. No seriously, step away from the QR code.


Putting your photo on your CV is a bit strange but if you must, please choose one that is at least semi-professional. Never ever choose one where you have a glass of something that looks alcoholic in your hand. Actually, never ever choose one where you have unseemly amounts of flesh on show.


I know everyone says it – check your spelling before you submit a CV. But, if people actually did check their spelling they could avoid howlers like stating they have studied “humantities”.

Read it out loud. Then tell yourself that you will ALWAYS spell check before submitting a CV.


Microsoft Word has a pretty stationery option. It’s for personalising your correspondence to friends and family.

However, it’s not intended for use on a professional CV. It’s just not, ok? Please don’t – it hurts my eyes and offends my professional sensibilities so your CV will end up in the circular file.

Oh and I MIGHT forgive the stationery choice if you could spell “stationery” correctly. *sigh*


Now, I fully acknowledge that this is personal preference, however, please don’t refer to yourself in the third person in your CV or cover letter.

It really does make me wonder to whom you are referring and, quite frankly, gives me the creeps.


In an interview, humour should be used wisely and sparingly. If in doubt, don’t.

For example, when asked what your weaknesses are, responding with “women and fast cars” is unlikely to endear you to your interviewer.

Just a tip!


When submitting a CV, make sure you’ve turned off the “track changes” function on Word.

Especially when applying for a PA role. I might be inclined to forgive if the role didn’t involve actually using Word. A lot.


If you’re going to state on your CV that one of your skills is “attention to detail”, be prepared for someone to try and find the one or more mistakes you’re likely to have made.

We’re all fallible and we all make mistakes but saying that you have excellent attention to detail is just asking for trouble!


For the love of all that is holy, please provide a business-appropriate contact email address on your CV or application.

I really don’t need to know that you’re badboy21 or babygirl or snowwhite or anything else that sounds remotely dodgy.

First name and surname in your email address is perfectly acceptable and represents you in a far more professional capacity than “snowwhite” ever will.

Just saying.


2 Responses to “Tales from a Recruiter – Some dos and don’ts for candidates and recruiters alike!”

  1. especially like the one about the QR code :)

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