A CV is your prospective new employer’s first look at who you are and what you might be able to offer their business. Given this, it can be incredibly tempting to go somewhat overboard on the information that you share. The job market has also changed dramatically in recent years and the expected format and information that CV’s contain has changed along with that.
No one can deny that the job market has become pretty tough, and getting a job isn’t as easy as it used to be when you’d turn up to an interview, get asked when you can start and then turn up for work in your new job the next day. Graduate jobs can get 80 to 100 applications with jobs in lower paid sectors getting many more. Costa Coffee recently received 1700 job applications for only eight jobs.
It’s important to make your CV stand out by putting the right information in, but it’s equally as important to keep the wrong information out. The chances are that the person reading your CV is initially just going to scan through it and so it is important to make sure that every piece of information they see is relevant to them. So, here are our top five things that you should leave out of your CV.
1. Job History Over Fifteen Years Old
If you’ve had quite a few jobs, you could even reduce that to ten years. Your future employer doesn’t need to know where you were working in 1992. The world has completely changed since then and the chances are that your work experience from that time is also completely irrelevant to the world today, unless, of course, you had any particularly amazing achievements in a job at that time that are extremely relevant to the industry you’re applying to work in.
2. Email: Tel: Name:
Only give your prospective employer the information that they require. If you have writing at the top of your CV that looks like
then we can absolutely assure you that they know that is your name, email address and phone number without it being declared.
3. Inappropriate email addresses
In the early days of the internet we were all a bit unsure as to what the whole thing was about and as a result no one was overly keen on using their real names online. This led to the creation of email addresses such as Cut3chick4eva@hotmail.com and Bigboy101@yahoo.co.uk. This really isn’t going to impress an employer and if you don’t already have one then it’s time you created an email address that just uses your name.
Nobody cares what your hobbies are unless they are relevant to the job. If you’re applying for a position as a junior web designer without any web design qualifications then it might be handy for them to know that all you do in your spare time is design websites.Otherwise, no one needs to know that you like socialising, reading or watching TV.
5. Your age, gender and religion
Putting these details on your CV is not necessary as they are all of the things that your employer is forbidden from hiring or not hiring based upon. It’s better for you and them that they don’t know.
6. The words ‘Curriculum Vitae’ on the top of the document
They know, okay! They know!
Your CV is very much about cutting through the garbage and ensuring they have sufficient and sufficiently useful information to judge you on and the less information you can include to get that point across, the better.