What not to include on a CV?

What not to include on a CV
Most employers spend as little as 20 to 30 seconds to look at your CV before it goes into the bin or the pile marked “to be interviewed”. Your CV therefore has a very short passage of time to make the desired impact. With this in mind, it’s worth asking yourself about every minute detail on your CV; is this going to help your case and does it warrant the space it takes up. If you have any doubt what so ever, leave it out. You should not include the following:

  • Anything that shows your previous employer in a negative light. Always remember that you are posting your CV to an employer. Don’t criticize your previous employers either personally or professionally otherwise there is a good chance that potential employers will view this as disloyalty.

  • An inappropriate email such crazymadcolin@hotmail.co.uk – will mark you out as unprofessional. If you don’t have a professional sounding email address, leave it out. It is as simple as that.

  • Your photograph-unless of course you are applying to be a model or a TV presenter. The other reason you shouldn’t include them is because they don’t photocopy to well.

  • Your height, weight or other physical characteristics – employers simply aren’t interested, unless again you are applying to be a model or a TV presenter.

  • Anything to do with your religion, sexuality or politics – it’s not important or relevant so leave it out. Anything that will cause offence or is controversial could give the employer an excuse to reject you.

  • Your state of health-this is irrelevant especially if your health is normal. An employer has no legal right to know your health status. If you and your doctor feel confident that your health is adequate enough to complete your job successfully, then your health issues are irrelevant.

  • Anything negative on your CV-don’t be tempted to give ‘reasons’ why your career in a certain position did not progress as you would have wished and don’t include ‘reasons for leaving’. Similarly, don’t mention anything that suggests failure, such as exams failed, a marital breakdown, collapse of a business, or anything you’re not good at. Avoid negative sounding words-don’t say ‘problem’, for example, say ‘challenge’.

  • Anything to do with a criminal record, while it’s generally best to be honest, there’s no need to mention a criminal record at this stage. However insignificant this may seem to you, it’s not advisable for you to include this on your CV. You can deal with these things in the interview if you need to, but you won’t get the chance if you’re rejected before you even get to that stage.

  • Your current salary or salary expectations; asking for a six-figure salary and nothing less suggests you’re stubborn and might be difficult to work with. Again this can only act as a reason to reject you. No one knows what kind of negotiations can take place in the face-to-face interview, so keep your options open and avoid making silly mistakes like this. On the flip side, if you are asked for salary information in the job advert, you can put it in your covering letter.

  • Don’t mention irrelevant hobbies and interests-only mention those that are relevant to the job you are applying for. While some employers like to see that candidates are active in the community or have won non-professional awards, no one really wants to know that you love stamp collecting or were a major heart throb at school.

  • References-it’s highly unlikely anyone will want to take up your references before a job offer has been made. Do not include your references at this stage because it just takes up valuable space on your CV. Utilize the space for something more relevant.