But what it does mean is that we know what makes a good CV and what doesn’t. With so many applications being received for just one vacancy it’s crucial that your CV doesn’t contain things that could make your application go into the ‘no’ pile simply because it’s unprofessional. Your experience might be fantastic, but if it’s lost in a sea of multi-coloured fonts and the ‘same old same old’ jargon, you’re not going to get picked over someone who has spent a bit of time getting their CV to look and sound great.
Here are some of things we think should definitely NOT be included on your CV.
- Your Photo
Okay, so you might think you look great in your holiday snap from last year but the likelihood of the person hiring you thinking the same thing is slim. Leave it out!
- Political Affiliation
Does your future employer care what box you’re going to be ticking in the next election? Unless you’re going for the job of Prime Minister, we think not!
- Your Primary School
As much as those might be nostalgic days for you when you were knee-high to a grasshopper with not a care in the world, your future employer is not going to care where you learnt to read and write! Leah Lambart, a career and interview coach from RelaunchMe once received a CV from a candidate of about 30 years of age who still had all awards received during primary school listed under the Awards/Achievements section. Spelling champion at 7 doesn’t scream employ me, more like ignore me at all costs!
Oh here’s a good one! So, you worked somewhere for 6 months but to hide the 6 months you were out of work you’ve put on your CV that you worked at said company for a year. You’ll always get found out, particularly when a future employer tries to reference you, so don’t run the risk folks! Honesty is the best policy, no matter how bad you think it sounds.
- A Ridiculous Email Address
Time after time we see this on candidate CV’s and it’s the biggest turn off when considering you for our clients. If you have an embarrassing email address for your personal email, for the sake of applying for jobs set up a more professional one for this purpose. Nobody likes firstname.lastname@example.org!
- A Real Life Home Address
Now this may seem like a normal thing to put on a CV, but Paul Di Michiel The Career Medic alerted us to this little gem “People very often still include their home address on their resume, which again can generally work against you in terms of perception (yes prejudice still exists) or travel time, if you live a fair distance from their workplace, they may have concerns over your commute, punctuality, loyalty etc. ” Sonny Davies, of JustWin Marketing adds to punctuality topic. “I see ‘I am punctual’ listed on a CV far too many times than I care to remember. If you have to list the most basic of attribues and requirements as one of your strengths, then this CV is likely end up in my office bin”
Going to the cinema, cooking, reading, socialising with friends…YAWN! Unless you have something really interesting to write in this section then it isn’t worth including at all! Better to leave it out entirely.
- Multi Coloured Text
We once received a rainbow CV! Now this certainly stood out and we needed our sunglasses to read it however it doesn’t create a ‘professional’ image and whilst we are on the subject of text, don’t EVER use the font ‘Comic Sans’ for your CV or elaborate type faces. Wendy Schwartz, a certified resume/cv writer and career consultant at IT Job Search Help also was victim to a colour attack! She advises “I once got a CV with 4 color blocks that was in yellow and orange from a candidate seeking a non-creative role as a senior administrative assistant”
- CV Jargon
We all know that you want to ‘relish the opportunity’ and want a role you are ‘passionate’ about and whilst it’s good to come across enthusiastic on your CV don’t fall into the trap of using CV clichés like this. Try and put a bit of ‘you’ into the descriptive part of your CV.
- Don’t be negative about your previous roles
Whether you liked the job or got on with your manager, and even if he/she was the reason for you leaving. Do not put this on your CV. It creates a negative view of you from the offset.
So, there we have it, a few things that you definitely don’t want to include on your CV when you’re writing it. Remember your CV is the first impression your future employer is going to have of you, so make it a good one!
If you’d like us to have a quick scan over your CV to check it all looks good and ready to send out, then feel free to get in touch!