According to a survey, recruiters receive an average of 75 CVs per published job offer.
Therefore, they do not have the time to look at everything that goes into detail. In fact, some people say that your CV should get attention during the first 6 seconds read; if not; you will not be considered to make for the next selection process.
So, if you want to stand out from the rest of the candidates, here are 21 things that you should never include in your CV.
Are you interested in knowing what they are, then keep reading as we present from the most important to the least?
- Explanation of why you want this job
This is what the interview and the cover letter are for, so we recommend you delete this from your CV.
- Grammatical errors
Grammatical errors can be a major put down if they are there in your CV. Before sending it, we recommend that you review it thoroughly, as well as let it be read to another person. It also recommended that you check it using free tools such as Grammarly.
- Base salary expectations
Putting what you expect from a job on your CV is a mistake. As in other cases, this should be done in the interview in case the interviewer asks. Also, let it be dependent on the type of the job and the nature of work.
- Work experiences of less than one year
Avoid including in your CV, jobs where you have worked for a short time, as well as those in which you were dismissed for malpractice or similar.
Do not try to sell yourself on your CV using opinions, let the facts speak for themselves.
This seems obvious but many people think it cool or acceptable but it is not.
- Your average grade (except in some cases)
Never put on your CV your average grade, unless you are a recent graduate, you have less than 3 years in the world of work, and this is 9 or more.
- Fashionable words
Some words like “hustler”, “lateral thinker”, “synergy” and “complacent” look fashionable but do not really convey a clear position. Rather bet on: “team-player”, “manager”, “resolved” and “launched”.
- Calligraphy or other stylish looking fonts
People try to make their résumés look classier with stylish looking font but studies show that they are more difficult to read. Also, your objective should be to present information in a clear and simple way. Use simple fonts such as Times New Roman or Calibri.
- Your previous salary
The CV has the function of teaching your professional experience and skills. The salary comes later during the interview.
- More than 15 years of experience
When you begin to include the jobs from before 2000, you begin to lose the interest of recruiters. This is sad but true. Your most important experience should be that of the last 15 years, so hiring managers just need to see that part. It can be more than that if it comes all from one company and has an impact on your current level of work.
- Specific slang of your company
There are times when companies have their own slang for programs or procedures. Therefore, if you are using any of them, you should try to make it understandable to everyone.
- Unnecessary or obvious words
There is no reason to put the word “phone” in front of your current number. The same should go for your email address as well as name.
- A non-professional email address
“firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com” is not something professional. It might be funny when you were young, but we recommend that you create an email with your first and last name.
If the recruiter wants references, they will ask you about them. Also, it is better because you will have the opportunity to notify your references that a future employer can call.
- Too much text
Do not make recruiters leave their eyes on your CV, summarize your achievements, experiences and skills correctly.
- Clear lies
When they are exposed, they can leave a serious dent on your career and you may not even be getting the job in which you could do well.
- Your address
Delete your address, nobody needs to know.
Unless it’s relevant to the job you want to opt for, you’re wasting a line to put your hobbies.
- Personal things
The recruiter does not need to know your marital status or your religious preferences. In fact, asking you may be illegal.
If you have sent your CV, it is obvious that you want the post, so delete the objective. Of course, there is one exception: that you change your industry. Here, it would be useful to explain the reason.