What NOT to include in a CV

I’ve shown you previously what to include in a CV. Now I am going to talk about what not to include. As I keep mentioning, a CV should be concise. By eliminating these ‘time wasters’ space will be saved.
• “CURRICULUM VITAE” – don’t include this at the top of your CV. It states the obvious and just wastes space.
• Photo – remove this. In the UK, by including a photo, you reveal potential discrimination issues. It’s illegal for employers to consider factors like age, race, gender, religion, national origin in hiring decisions. So prospective employers prefer to not “officially” know whether you’re a member of one of these protected classes. If you put a photo on your CV, you reveal some of these details. If the employer later interviews you but doesn’t hire you, it opens the possibility of a discrimination claim. In extreme cases, some companies will even automatically reject CVs with photos, just to avoid that potential accusation. An exception to the rule would be if you were submitting a European CV, which fully supports photos.
• Address – don’t include your full address. If you post this online, you are opening yourself up to a security risk. An email address will suffice, along with your town and contact number.
• Email – keep it professional! Some the email addresses I have received on a CV are too rude to publish! You are a grafter, not a joker.
• Marital status/children/pets/non-smoker/driving licence – Why are these points relevant? No need to include! Only include non-smoker/driving licence if relevant to role.
• Profile – 23 years’ experience – if adding in years, remember to update – prospective employers will notice!
• Content – paragraphs instead of bullet points, spelling mistakes, words underlined – too much information to absorb in a short space of time.
• Don’t include links to websites, videos etc, unless this is specified. Most employers print off CVs so they become irrelevant and it makes the CV look messy.
• Hobbies – only include if relevant. Again, some employers err on the side of caution. You may have a brilliant first class honours degree, but if you spend your weekends bungee jumping or carrying out extreme sports it is best to leave off your CV. Employers may be concerned re potential absenteeism; how much time would you have to take off due to an injury?
There is a lot of contradictory advice on the internet about how long a CV should be. Some say one page, most say 2-3. I would advise the latter, but it is all dependent on experience. I do not go higher than 4. But remember to check the application instructions. Some companies ask for a CV to be certain number of pages, typed in a certain font.
Which brings me back to the layout. If you are sending a postal application, keep it simple. Remember, it is not a book you are sending for publication. Your CV doesn’t need a front cover, content page and colour. This won’t get you any further up in the pecking order, and will most likely irritate potential employers and will be put into the “round file.” Same goes for binding it up – don’t! This will have to be picked apart for photocopying purposes and is an extra irritant.

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