5 things you should not put on your CV

Your CV is the first thing potential employers see about you so it’s extremely important your CV is the best it can be. Below we have chosen five key points that should NOT be included in your CV.

• A Picture
There are very few times when putting a picture of yourself on a CV is a good idea, unless you are an actor, model or working in a similar field you have no need to put a picture of yourself on your CV. Putting a picture of yourself on your CV may not give off the right impression, equality is very important for companies now so whatever you are trying to show by putting a picture of yourself may actually work against you instead of for you. Employers will likely skip a CV to avoid potential accusation of discrimination.

• Marital status and other personal information
An employer doesn’t need to know if you are single, married, in a long term committed relationship etc. All the employer need to know is if you have the right experience, qualifications and skills to do the job effectively. It’s illegal for an employer to ask a candidate about anything personal about their family including if they have kids, family plans etc. therefore including this information could end up working against you. Other unnecessary information includes: Gender, religion and political opinions.

• Irrelevant information
Keep your CV to the point; tailor your CV to what you are applying for. If you are applying for a customer service job base your role around skills and experience that makes you fit that role for example any previous job where you worked closely with customers. If you are applying for a customer service role then including past experiences such as working in a factory it will not assist your application at all, you’re better off not including that information and focusing more on experiences that are relevant.

• Incorrect or dishonest information
It’s important that you can back up and give examples to the claims you make on your CV. If you state you’re a master at attention to detail but litter your CV with grammar mistakes it’s not going to help your chances of getting the role. Make sure you are prepared to back up any of the skills you have listed at the interview.

• Negativity
One of the worst things you can include on your CV in unnecessary negative language. If you chose to list why you have left a previous job try to avoid negative language towards the company for example I left the company because I was bored and I didn’t like the people, instead you can phrase it as I wanted to take the next step in my career. Employers are less likely to consider you for the role if your CV is filled with negative language or slating off previous employers.

Even if you do not list why you have left previous jobs on your CV be prepared to answer those questions while in an interview. Again make sure you are not using negative language or giving an opinion that will make you look like you’re slating your previous employer. It can have a negative impact on the interview and your chances of getting the job.

Here we have just listed five of some really important elements you should not be including when putting together your CV. Other key points to make sure about is having correct spelling and grammar, inappropriate hobbies and making sure your CV is not too long – 3 pages max.

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