5 things not to put on your CV

Looking for a perfect job can be a daunting and stressful task. However, there are ways to ease this small hell also known as the “Job search process” and a well-prepared CV is right at the top of the job search to do list. Having over 10 years of experience and having reviewed thousands of CV (yes, Toto, we are no longer in single digits) we picked up the 5 most common mistakes people do on their resume.

  • Unprofessional picture. Having an unprofessional picture is worse than having no picture at all. Your picture is the first thing the recruiter will spot and no matter how impressive the rest of your CV will be, recruiters will be left with a bad taste in their mouth and it might compromise your skills! So, selfie or more recent pictures with animal filters (or any filters, really) should never be on your CV!
  • Spelling mistakes. Spelling mistakes are just an absolute NO NO on your CV! If you can’t be bothered to check your CV and correct your own spelling mistakes what good of the job can you do? So always (have we stress always enough ?) check your grammar and spelling mistakes, if you ever stand a chance for the interview! Hint: If for some reason you find it difficult to spot your own mistakes give your CV to your friend or a family member, it is always easier to spot someone else’s mistakes)
  • Formatting issues. Here we talk about using 10 different types of fonts (including size) or just not being able to make a coherent-looking CV creating all kinds of text boxes all over the page. Not only it shows your poor Microsoft Office skills but once again it indicates that you are just not bothered. Hence, don’t be surprised if your CV will only find its way to the nearest bin.
  • Irrelevant information. Make sure you only list information that is recent and is actually relevant to the job you are applying to. The recruiter does not need to know where you went to the kindergarten unless you have gained some valuable skills there (for example learned a foreign language). Instead, try to list the most relevant work experience and education history in the chronological order listing the most recent first.
  • Special skills. Don’t get us wrong special skills should be on your CV as it makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates. However, keep in mind that having social security number, being able to name different brands (cars, shops, you name it) or ability to use the computer is not considered a special skill (at least not anymore).

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