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CVs – What not to Include!!

CVs – What not to Include!!

Many of us are aware of what we should include in a comprehensive CV, however here is a list of what not to include!

Out of date information– by all means include details of employment to show you have a long and largely unbroken career history.  You do not, however, need to go into detail about the specific roles and responsibilities from every job you have had especially if they have no or little relevance to the job you are applying for.

Negative language – remember the principle that your CV is an advertisement for you so use positive language when describing yourself, your characteristics and your competence.  If you were buying a used car, would you be more attracted to the advertisement for “a much-loved family run-around” or “an old banger that we have had forever”?

Lies – you will be found out and if you can not produce evidence for what you say then even the flimsiest of investigation will uncover your deceit.

Abbreviations or jargon – if you need to use abbreviations make sure that they are explained in your text or are commonly understood in the context in which they are being used.

Attempts at humour – producing a CV is a serious business and any attempts at humour will often be misinterpreted or misunderstood.  If you want to project your good sense of humour and generally pleasant disposition then do so through your behaviours at the interview.

Reasons for leaving jobs – although some application forms may request such information, putting these on a CV can only serve to discount you in the selection process.

Out of date or superseded qualifications – if, for example, you completed an HNC that you have subsequently upgraded to a degree in the same subject, then there is no need to include both.

Salary details or requirements – they may be requested and, if so, include them in the covering letter.  At this stage, this information can only be used to discount you, so leave the salary negotiations for later on in the recruitment process.

Good Luck with your CV!