Landing yourself the ‘perfect job’ is harder now than ever. You will spend hours, maybe even days crafting the perfect CV you will put your blood, sweat and tears into it and then within seconds employers will scan through it and stick it in either the ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ pile.
These few seconds that employers DO spend reading your CV are CRUCIAL. So it is extremely important that you never include anything that will put potential employers off.
Here are 8 things we advise you to NEVER put on your CV;
1.Too much personal stuff
Yes, include your name, address and contact information. But please do not include your martial/relationship status, your religious beliefs or the fact that you are vegan. Employers don’t need to know all of this stuff this early on. These bits of information can be shared at a later point…. If you make it that far.
2. An unprofessional email address
Still have that old email address you made as a teenager? Yeah me too!! It’s probably a good idea to make yourself a new one that’s a bit more professional. It’s extremely hard for potential employers to take you seriously when you have an email like ‘Backstreets_1Fan@hotmail.com.’
3. Irrelevant work experience
Only include the work experience that applies to the job you want. There’s no point listing every single job you’ve ever done. It’s not relevant and employers aren’t interested.
4. Your hobbies
Again, this can all be revealed at a later time. The space on your CV is very limited so don’t waste it by mentioning that you play squash on a Sunday morning.
5. LIES! NEVER EVER LIE ON YOUR CV
As the say goes, “the truth always comes out” and it always does. If you don’t have the skills for a job don’t pretend that you do. Save yourself the embarrassment of an ear lashing at work when the employer finds out that you cannot do the job that you were employed to do.
6. Inconsistent Formats
Once you find a theme that you like stick it to! Use the same font throughout the CV. It’s easier to read this way and it looks a lot better. Also a side note, stay away from fancy fonts, it’s a pain for recruiters to read through. Stay away from Times New Roman too. That font is DEAD and BORING- just accept it. Instead use a simple font like Arial or Tahoma.
7. No photos of yourself
It’s just weird. There may be a time in the future that this is acceptable but for the moment… leave it.
8. And please please please no annoying buzzwords
“go-getter,” “people pleaser” and “think outside the box” *que the headache*
These words are so overused, try some alternatives https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome
Putting the time and effort into writing your CV well definitely pay off, trust me.
Best of luck.