Things to avoid on your CV

We’ve all grown accustomed to ‘information overload’ in the last few years but in the case of your CV, it is important to focus on relevant work and business experience and keep away from non-essential information. Ideally you’ll be aiming for a two page CV, so to start you off here’s what NOT to include:

Avoid meaningless introductions
For example “A dynamic, enthusiastic individual, able to work on own initiative etc.” We’re all probably guilty of this sort of spiel but to a recruiter it looks vague, clichéd and little uninspired. Use your opening sentence to make your CV stand out from the countless others the recruiter will see that day.

Avoid a negative tone
Keep it formal and positive, demonstrate the things you did do rather than the things didn’t and to make your CV sound more dynamic, using active language instead of passive.

Avoid too much information
Keep details of earlier jobs in your career; don’t include reasons for leaving or your salary (this can be included in your covering letter or at interview stage.)

Avoid mistakes
That may seem a bit obvious, but check and check again for any spelling errors, typos or grammatical gaffes. Your CV is a professional document so make sure it’s up to professional standard.

Take out incomplete or misleading information
Don’t include details of qualifications that are now out of date and irrelevant, however if you refer to a qualification remember to include the subject and result. There is also no need to include, with your CV, copies of references or certificates, though these are useful to take to interview.

Take out references
State that they are available upon request, that way you can brief your referees carefully about who they may be talking to, and what the potential job is all about.

Avoid listing duties
You don’t want your CV to read like a job description. List your achievements rather duties describing exactly what you did along with what the positive outcome was.

Overall, keep it simple and professional!