5 things to leave off your CV
If you are on the hunt for your next role then you may be sat staring at your CV wondering what you should and shouldn’t be including.
What relevant skills do I need to add? Hobbies? Employment history?
A good CV should aim to be two pages and no more, clearly laid out, easy to read and of course include all of your relevant skills and experiences.
But there are a few things you should leave off to ensure your CV stands out from the crowd…
- A career objective – employers already know your career objective: to get a job! Instead, why not include a summary of your qualifications to introduce a prospective employer of your relevant skills and experiences
- Unrelated awards, hobbies, and interests – your hobbies are interesting, they’re what makes you, you. But mentioning you like to horse ride or knit doesn’t tell the employer anything about you/your employment history. The exception is if your hobbies, awards, or interests are relevant to the role itself or you are changing careers and your hobbies are linked to the new position
- Too much formatting – CVs are are mostly words on a page and can be boring to look at. To make it look more interesting you may use some bolding, italics or underlining, but too much formatting can be distracting. To make your CV stand out or reflect your personality try jazzing things up with a fancy font or a colour other than black, section things out, or include graphics. Keeping things simple will help the recruiter, HR or machines easily read your CV
- Task lists – Listing tasks from previous employment is part of a CV, but if that is all you’re doing, you likely won’t “wow” a hiring manager, after all, all you’re doing is copying your job description. Instead, try telling an employer what you accomplished, what were the results of your day-to-day tasks, this will help them understand what goals you can help the prospective company achieve
- The basics such as Windows, Microsoft Office, and email – Having a skills section on your CV is a great way to highlight areas you are great in and those important to you/the role. However, most of us know how to use the basics such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, you should include your skills that will make you stand out, such as knowing how to use a spreadsheet or whether you are proficient in Adobe programmes (if relevant to the position of course).
Your CV is a living breathing document that helps you keep track of your employment history and its good practice to regularly update it and keep up with CV trends to stay informed and know what’s in and what’s out!
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