We all know how difficult it is to find the perfect job and to make your CV stand out from the crowd. With the average number of applicants for each role at 188 and recruiters only reading CV’s between 5 and 7 seconds, you have to ensure that your CV is the best it can be and we’re here to help.
Take a look at our guide on ‘what not’ to include in your CV to ensure that you have the best chance of getting that dream job.
- Spelling errors/typos – This is a big ‘no no’ and possibly the most obvious point of what not to include in your CV. You look lazy and unprofessional. Fact: 50% of CV’s include spelling or grammatical errors and the worst offenders are aged 21-25.
- Irrelevant job experience – If it has no relevance to the job you are applying for leave it out. You could always mention it when at the interview stage if applicable.
- Photographs – There’s no need to include a photograph of yourself unless it’s applicable for your role e.g. as an actor but 9 times out of 10 it’s irrelevant.
- Private information – Don’t divulge your private information such as your: age, sexual orientation, religion or National Insurance number, it’s not necessary.
- Unprofessional email address – A whopping 76% of CV’s are ignored if they include an unprofessional email address, so keep Ilovethemuppets@gmail.com to yourself.
- Negative language – It’s important to be perceived as a positive person so try to avoid words such as: bad, hate, mistake and problems and NEVER bad mouth any previous employers.
- References – Unless they ask for references at this level, don’t waste space in your CV. Use the extra room to dazzle your prospective employer with your skills and experience. If they want them, they’ll ask.
- Jargon – Don’t use jargon, include facts and figures to get your point across. Fact: 54% of employers state that they are irritated by the use of jargon.
- Your extensive hobbies – Employers don’t need to know what your party trick is or what you get up to in your spare time, unless of course it’s relevant to your job.
- Social Media URL’s – Your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not applicable. However, a LinkedIn account, as long as it’s up to date may be useful for prospective employers to glance at. Fact: 92% of employers will reject a CV if they see negative comments on social media.
Good luck in your job hunt!