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10 top tips on what NOT to include in your CV

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10 top tips on what NOT to include in your CV


This is always a question that seems to loom on candidates minds. Do you, don’t you? Statistic’s say that there is an 88% rejection rate for CV’s that contain a photograph. Of course there is no definitive rule against using a photograph of yourself on your CV but it’s best to take the safer route and not unless you are applying for a role in which you are specifically requested to include one.

Unnecessary personal information

This is anything from your age, sex, marital status or even your religious views. Don’t overshare! A recruiter also doesn’t need to know every single hobby you’ve had since you were 10 years old. Keep it professional to leave no room for prior screening.

Irrelevant experience

Your CV should be targeted to each specific role you applying for so remember to include more detail in previous relevant job roles. If you include experience that isn’t pertinent to the role you are applying for it will make the recruiter feel like you are not serious and haven’t considered the role.

Incorrect tone

This is something that many people don’t always take into consideration when writing. Stick to the positive’s, there’s no need to highlight the negative’s. Communicate your commitment to role by writing with confidence but also remembering not to let this turn into arrogance, let your experience speak for itself.

Irrelevant achievements

Don’t waste a recruiter’s time by telling them your life story. Only achievements that are relevant to the role or show skills that are applicable to the certain role you are applying for.

Salary expectations

This is something that should not be put on your CV. Save all conversation about this till when you are in the interview process of your application.

Lengthy CV’s

As previously said, don’t include unnecessary details. It’s simply a waste of time. The average CV is normally no longer than 2 pages. Be concise! It should be easy to navigate so don’t overdress your CV. When your CV lands on a recruiters desk there is a very small window of time for you to leave a lasting impression that gets them to pick up the phone and meet the person beyond the words on a page.

Why you left your last job

This is something that does not need to be enclosed on your CV; this is something that will possibly be asked at the interview stages of your application.

Fake information

Don’t lie! Recruiters are not stupid. Remember this is what they are trained to do. A recruiter’s job is to find the best candidate possible for the role they need to fill. If they don’t catch you out in a lie before they’ve even spoke to you by simply typing your name into google you’ll be certain they will once they’ve asked you about it whether you realise this or not. It’s simple, just don’t do it!

An inappropriate email address

I'd hope that this one would be common sense but an unbelievable 76% of CV’s are ignored due to inappropriate emails. Yes, it was probably ok for you to have ‘player_04@...com’ or ‘princesssophie@...co.uk’ as your first email address but when trying to address someone in a professional manner it’s best to have an email address that simply states your name and use a sensible email provider.

Hopefully you’ll have found some these tips helpful in improving you current CV. Remember every CV and role are different but with any luck these tips should help you bag your next role.