Now that you’re ready to start the job hunting, your CV is one of the most important things.
You’ve probably heard a tonne of advice on what to put on your CV, but you probably don’t get a lot of advice on what you shouldn’t be putting on your CV. HR managers go through a lot of CVs during the hiring process, and the slightest mistake can disqualify you. These small mistakes can be the reason why you’re not getting called back by potential employers. Here are some things that should not be on your CV.
1. Unnecessary personal information
Nobody needs to know your height, weight or tribe. The only information you should include is our name, email address and contact information.
2. Educational Background
Nobody needs to know the primary school you attended. If you have a university or college degree, that’s all you should add. If you are yet to graduate, you can include both the secondary school and the university where you’re currently enrolled and for which course.
Nobody needs to see the full breakdown of your grades. If you got an F or a bad GPA, that’s clearly a weakness that you shouldn’t add.
They don’t need to know what your hobbies because frankly, it is unnecessary. You should only add your hobbies if it is extremely relevant to the job you’re applying for.
5. Work experience
Not all work experience is relevant to the current position that you’re applying for. Remember, the shorter the better. Employers don’t have a lot of time.
6. Email address
The email address you use should be professional. A combination of your name and surname is best.You shouldn’t include the embarrassing email address you made when you were a teenager.
Some people think you should include your photo, while others think it should be left out. Some companies prefer that you not to include a photograph so they can safely adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity legislation. Unless it’s a modelling, acting, flight attendant or any other job that requires applicants to attach their photographs, then it’s probably better to leave it out.
8. Career objective
Rather than writing a summary of what you want to achieve, tell the employer what you’re capable of and if hired, what you will bring to the table.