Every single day we receive hundreds of applications for jobs we advertise online and every day the team go through every CV to find suitable matches for our clients. That means we have it on good authority what should and should not be on your CV. We have a post here that will give you some top tips on what you should definitely put in your CV and now we’ve got some advice on what not to include.
1. A Picture
Unless you are an Actor, a Model or working in a similar environment then you have no need to place a picture on your CV. Selfies of half your face, a random arm hung loosely around your shoulders and even a professional head shot won’t do you any favours in a professional setting. In this current day and age equal opportunities is an important part of a working environment and whatever you are trying to achieve with an image of yourself may not necessarily give the right impression. Employers will likely skip a CV to avoid potential accusation of discrimination.
2. Marital status and other personal information
It doesn’t matter whether you are single, married or in a long-term, committed relationship with an inanimate object, all an employer needs to know is whether you can do the job you are applying for. It is actually illegal for any employer to question a candidate about their family plans and therefore writing how many children you have or whether you are engaged to be married in 3 months’ time is information that may hinder your application in an instant. Other unnecessary information includes: Gender, religion and political opinions.
3. Irrelevant information
If your last employer has a Company turnover of £1 million and you had a direct involvement in those figures then that information is absolutely relevant. However it is unlikely to assist your application if you were a general office assistant and you are now applying for an administrator role – It is irrelevant. Keep your CV to the point, remember what you are applying for and how your previous experience will enhance your application
4. Incorrect or dishonest information
BBR once received a CV that stated the individual ‘took attention to detail very seriously’ which was ‘demonstrated in [their] ability to create excellent documents’, the problem was their CV had no name, contact details or formatting of any kind, thus disproving their statement. Make sure you can back-up your claims on your CV, be honest; If your typing skills are mediocre, just write how many words-per-minute you can manage rather than ‘I have excellent typing skills’, if anything it gives you the opportunity to explain how you are going to improve those skills.
Employers are less likely to consider a candidate if their CV includes in-depth reasons as to why they ceased employment at each of their jobs. Avoid words like ‘mistake’, ‘problem’, ‘boring’ and replace them with positive actions, i.e. instead of ‘I left [Insert Company here] because the management wouldn’t give me a raise and I was bored of working there’, try not to include any personal information about your opinion of other employers and prepare to answer those questions in potential interviews. ‘why did you leave your last employer?’, ‘I’m ready for the next step in my career!’
Equally, these positive actions can be carried over to your very public social media platforms. According to Career Savy’s 2014 Infographic, ‘92% of recruiters would reject candidates who made negative comments on social media’ – think positively!
These are just five of some really important points to remember when gathering information to create the perfect CV. Others include: Spelling and grammar mistakes, too many CV pages and inappropriate hobbies!