Creating the perfect job application takes time, and after putting in the hard work it's disheartening to think that your CV could be rejected at the first hurdle thanks to an easily avoidable error. Most of us have some idea of how to write a CV but it's easier than you think to make basic mistakes that could cost you a job. Sometimes learning what not to include in a CV is just as important.

Below are five of the most common CV mistakes you need to avoid:

1. Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

A basic ability to articulate yourself through writing is key to most job roles, so there are no excuses for spelling mistakes. An error-free CV is vital in showcasing your precision and attention to detail, so check everything! Use this as an opportunity to show that your attention to detail is on point, which is a soft skill that employers look upon favourably.

2. Poor Formatting

CVs that aren't easy to read are a turn-off for employers. On average employers spend seven seconds reviewing each CV, which leaves little time to make a good first impression. While bad formatting doesn’t take away from your skillset, it does distract from them. Unpleasant fonts and inessential headshots could be seen as a sign that you’re not up to date with current best practices or professional standards.

3. Lying

It’s tempting to exaggerate the information on your CV but the facts on your CV are easy to corroborate so never assume that recruiters won't make enquiries to do so. Instead of using your time and energy to write about things that could get you caught out in a lie should you be invited to an interview, use it to sell the qualifications, skills, and experience you do have.

4. Not Explaining "Why"

Merely stating your credentials isn’t enough; you need to prove them by explaining why you've chosen to undertake certain activities in terms of your personal and professional development. You should then elaborate even further on the skills you’ve gained through doing so.

5. Ignoring Gaps in Your Work History

Gaps in your work history are common and not an issue if they’re explained. If you've been out of work for a long time you need to explain why. Long unexplained absences wil give the impression that you've been idle during this time. There's no shame in informing employers of a period spent away from work due to an illness, medical condition or redundancy.