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What NOT to include in your CV

When hiring, employers and recruiters will spend an average of three minutes reviewing CVs/applications. In an increasingly competitive market, your CV needs to stand out.

There are many guides on how to structure and write a CV, but here are our top tips on what not to include, so you can make sure your CV packs a real punch.

The obvious

As with any document you’d send to someone, make sure to proofread your CV by correcting any spelling and grammatical errors.

Make sure the statements and qualifications you’re listing on your CV are accurate; embellishing your history could come back to haunt you later down the line.

Bad experiences – focus on your key achievements or highlight challenges you faced and the steps you took to overcome them. It’s always best to leave out negative comments against former companies and managers.

Too much or too little

When writing a CV, it’s easy to get carried away, ending up with paragraphs upon paragraphs about your past experiences, roles, skills, and qualifications.

It’s great to be passionate about your career to date, but remember, your CV needs to be easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to read – the aim is to catch their eye and sell yourself as the right fit for their role within 3 minutes!

The best way to do this is to write a brief overview of your role (1-2 lines), then focus on bullet-pointing your top 6-8 key projects and achievements that highlight your skills and expertise.

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Getting personal

Your CV is there to give recruiters and hiring managers a sneak peek into what makes you an attractive candidate for their role, so don’t go too off piece by overloading your CV with a lot of personal information.

Some information such as your name, a rough idea of where you live, your phone number and/or your email address are all that’s needed to help recruiters and hiring managers determine if you’re the right fit for the role.

Information such as your family status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political beliefs, weight/height, or ethnicity, unless specifically related to the role you’re applying for, doesn’t need to be included.

Passionate about your hobbies?

Your hobbies are a big part of who you are and what you enjoy doing outside of work, so if you have hobbies you’re particularly passionate about, why wouldn’t you want to write about them?

Recruiters and Hiring Managers will want to see a level of your personality shining through on your CV. Still, it’s there predominately to highlight your skills and experiences, so keep your hobbies and interests section to one paragraph or a bullet-pointed list.

Keep personal opinions off your CV

Again, unless this information is relevant to the role you are applying for, keep personal opinions surrounding current affairs such as politics, religion, and sexual orientation to yourself.

These are your own views and should not impact your ability to do your job.

Keep your CV about your experiences and expertise!

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