We all know what should go into a CV – all the important information, or the general information that goes without saying, e.g. your last job, relevant education, references, etc.
However, what is not as frequently discussed (and it really should be) is what should not go into a CV. There are times where these details may be overlooked, but for the best of the best, every detail is scrutinized. Should there be a piece or vast amount of highly irrelevant information, the chances of the CV being thrown into the shredder (or the Recycle Bin) are much higher.
Read our list below on what should not be included in your details – perhaps even whilst your CV is open to edit it! Then, go trigger happy on the email send button.
Listing an accomplishment such as being head boy or head girl of your primary school is a mere example of the most irrelevant information you can list on your CV. Putting it bluntly, the employer doesn’t care.
Be sure to list information that is relevant to your line of work, as well as the position you are applying for.
There are numerous roads that this can take, most of them not being positive. Do not list your salary expectation unless it has been asked for.
Salary can be discussed at an interview – whereas if you should list this on your CV, the chances of rejection due to being over the company’s budget are present.
Leave No Room for Prejudice
Offending anyone is incredibly easy in the days we live in today. Do not jeopardize your chances of a job by listing your political affiliation or religious views.
Respect your own views, along with the unknown views of the interview by keeping this away from your CV.
Keep Contact Information As Professional As Possible
If your email address is the same one you created when you were a pre-teen or it’s email@example.com, it’s safe to say a change would do you good.
Professional contact details for a professional position are essential! When it comes to your email address, a play on your name, surname, and extra characters/numbers would suffice.
The only contact details that are 100% necessary would be the number(s) on which you can be reached, your email, and the general area in which you live. No need to include links to your Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.
Steer Clear from Comic Sans
Using the fancier fonts may look nicer to your eye, but to a potential employer, not so much. They would much rather prefer to have font that is easy to read, and isn’t overdone.
The best to use would be Arial or Calibri, font size 12 for paragraphs, and size 12 or 14 for headings.