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Top Twelve Things Not To Include In Your CV

Filed in CV Writing Tips by on August 1, 2019 0 Comments

Each day, tons of people contact me via different platforms (social media, text, calls), asking questions on the best CV template. Because of the often confusing mix of information from different ‘experts’ and recruiters, plus the horde of CV templates online, it can often be hard to figure what exactly employers and HRs need in today’s highly competitive job market. Fortunately, we have been able to do our research and come up with the top ten things you should not include in your CV.

In order for you to write an effective CV that will clinch the job, it is imperative that you understand what employers, recruiters, and HR personnel expect to see in your CV arrangement. This helps for you to know what what not to include in CV. Without a knowledge of what they need, you risk including details that have no place in the modern CV.

That said, below are top ten things you should never include in your CV:

  1. An Objective Statement Or Career Summary That Makes Little Or No Sense

Objective statements or career summaries are meant to serve as a focus to show the employer you are well suited to the job. It has to be tailored to the current job opening. Writing a random or completely insane career summary that is totally unrelated to the job application will only make your CV end up in the trashcan.

  1. Achievements That Don’t Resonate

When including supposed achievements in your CV, they have to have bearing on the current job application. Once being your secondary school’s top prefect doesn’t really sound like a great achievement to be included in a CV for a top spot in a law firm.

  1. Irrelevant Work Experience

Your job experience has to be tailored to the vacancy you are applying for. Including that you once served as a stewardess in a fast-food when applying for a job in a law firm is completely irrelevant.

  1. Your Physical Description

I have always emphasized that your passport photo has no place in your CV. It is downright unprofessional, and could put you in a bad spot with potential employers. Same with other physical descriptions of yourself.

  1. Strange Hobbies

If you are a snake-charmer or a spoon-bender, it’s safe to keep such hobbies and skills to yourself. Including such hobbies in your CV could end up rattling, rather than impress, your potential recruiter.

  1. Atrocious Grammar

This is one of the worst offences to commit when writing your CV. It is always safe to have someone else edit and proofread your CV before you send it out to employers. Nothing is as unsightly as peppering your CV with typos and ungainly grammar mistakes.

  1. Your Age, Ethnicity, Marital Status, And Religion

Your age, ethnicity, marital status, and religion have absolutely no place in your CV. They could potentially make an employer biased against you. Ensure you remove those in your CV before sending it out.

  1. Inappropriate Email Address

Most people commit the mistake of using an unprofessional email address in their CV. Make sure that your CV carries an email address that reflects you professionally. If your name is Emilia Peters, it is safe to use than The latter is simply unprofessional.

  1. Colourful Font Styles

It is advisable to use font styles that don’t look too colourful and dazzling. Keep things simple and easy to read. If in doubt, you can always use Times New Romans or Calibri with font size 12.

  1. Overly lengthy CV

No recruiter wants to wade through volumes of information just to read your CV. As a rule of thumb, your CV should not go beyond 2 pages, and 3 at most. Its job application document, not an essay competition writing. Keep things short and simple

  1. Applying To An Unrelated Post To The One Advertised

Do not apply to a position you are not qualified for. Apart from the obvious fact that you would be denied the job and your CV end up in the trashcan, you could be setting up a negative future precedence when you apply for a position you qualify for.

  1. Referees

There is no need including referees in your CV. If the employer needs one, they will either ask for it or do that themselves without your knowledge.


Now, you have it. If you are truly looking for a job, it is advisable you follow these tips on what not to include in CV. Your CV gives a first impression of you before an employer. Once they have a favourable impression of you, then you are on your way to the interview room.

Don’t feel intimidated. Just follow this guide what not to include in CV and you are good to go.

If you need help drafting your CV or cover letter, do not hesitate to contact us. We have a team of professional CV writers who are dedicated to working with you to build high quality CVs for your employment needs.



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