The CV is your chance to make an impression on hiring managers. That’s why it’s important to create one that will get attention and get you called for an interview. Saying this, we don’t actually mean writing it in purple or putting eye-catching pictures of yours, of course. Depending on how big is the company you apply to, they can deal with tens of applicants every month. Your only choice is to stand out.
Here at TechMeetUps, we deal with a wide range of companies from different industries that want to find the best talent to join their teams. While we help them to meet that talent, we also want to help you, as a job seeker, to show all of your skills and expertise to get the job you deserve.
There are a lot of articles out there to tell you about CV tips, things you should absolutely consider including. Opinions may differ, and including all of the advised elements will make your CV a novel from Leo Tolstoy! Meanwhile, we want you to know some of the things that you absolutely should NOT include in your CV.
So here is the list of things you should avoid while writing your CV.
1. Too long intro
If you are applying for a job, it’s obvious you want to show yourself in the best possible way and present ALL your skills. Instead of listing them all in your CV, you can write a short cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit. When it comes to the actual CVs people want to see how you can help achieve their company goals and not just your own opinion about yourself.
2. Irrelevant work experience
Yes, we all want the “work experience” part to be full, especially when we have just graduated and don’t have much to tell. However, before including your past experience in a cafeteria, think if it anyhow shows your expertise in the sphere where you hope to get a job.
3. Not professional e-mail address
No matter how many CV tips you follow from our or other lists, there is one thing that can ruin all of your efforts. Think twice before you send your CV from a less-than-unprofessional e-mail address. adg4ml@….com is not the best one you can provide. Maybe it sounds too simple, but it shows how serious you are about a job and overall describes your personality. name.surname@….com would be a great choice, plus it will be easier to remember your name or find your e-mail address in a huge list.
4.Poor format and readability
Imagine scrolling your Facebook or Twitter feed and seeing an article with an interesting title. Then you open it to find out that the page is full of text, with too narrow margins. You will most likely close the page without reading or, in the best case, will read unpleasantly. Don’t want the same to be done with your CV? Think twice before writing long sentences full of unnecessary words. Leave enough space between the lines, add spaces after paragraphs.
5.Slandering previous employers or colleagues
However much you want to show that your ex-boss was horrible or unfair to fire you, don’t ever speak about it. Not in your CV, not on the interview, not even when you get the job. It’s really not the best idea to gossip about your colleagues or tell things from your past company’s internal policy. How will the hiring manager be sure you won’t do the same to them?
6. Redundant words
Yes, people do know how phone numbers or e-mail addresses look like, no need to remind them. It’s even worse when you write the word “phone” or “e-mail address” in bold. If they look at your CV and think you are a good candidate, they’ll contact you, no need to bring additional attention.
7. Charts, tables, images
A lot of articles on CV tips could advise on making your CV memorable by adding some nice formatting or tables. However, think well before doing so. While charts may look really nice on your side, they may not appear so cool to the recruiter. If you think it’s important to include a chart, table or an image in your CV, you can send it separately. Nowadays most companies use applicant tracking systems that will just graphics them out and bring your CV into a simple text format. Eventually, the hiring managers only see whatever their system transformed your CV into.
8. Salary expectations
Obviously, one of the most important aspects you want to know is the salary, but you should keep it for the interview. Otherwise, you risk making them feel like it’s the only thing you care about. For the same reason, don’t include any information about your past salary. Who wants an employee that thinks about nothing else than the money they’ll get?
9. Personal information
Not the best idea to write about your religious views or hobbies in the CV. If you are a good professional then who cares? Well, maybe there are very specific cases when this information may be valuable, but otherwise, people don’t have time to read irrelevant information about you.
Never ever lie on your CV. Truth always comes to the surface. Don’t include past jobs you never had, colleges you never attended, achievements that were not yours. It’s not very hard to find out if you’re honest. Serious companies will always check any suspicious information before hiring. You’ll lose the job opportunity forever and tarnish your reputation. Just be honest! If you feel you have weak points, work hard to get stronger instead of telling lies.
The first impression is always important, especially when you have no chance to meet people in person. Be serious about your CV, take time and create one that you can be proud of. Hiring managers will appreciate it. You’ll increase your chances of getting called for an interview, even if you don’t have all the required skills. It’s likely they will feel you are a serious person who is ready to put time and effort into getting great results.