Things that don’t belong on your CV

When applying for a job, it's important to know where to look for jobs, which companies are hiring and which industries are growing. But it is just as important to have the right tools at hand. Your entry ticket for a new job is your CV as it is often the first thing a potential employer will see from you.

Often times we read about what is necessary to INCLUDE in your CV, but what about some of the things you should leave OFF? We spoke with CareerBuilder to get their advice to help you create an eye catching CV that will stand out to HR managers. Read on for more details:

Things to leave off your CV

Personal attributes

Similar to sending a picture with your CV, your age, race, religion, height or weight are all unimportant to an employer. Though it's illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of any of these factors, some might still do so. Keep everything on your CV pertinent to the job.

Find out what things you should leave OFF your CV to impress hiring managers.

Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

Most employers assume that if you're OK with sending out a CV littered with typos and mistakes, you'll have the same lack of concern for the work you do as an employee at their company. While spell check picks up most errors, it can miss something major. Did you work the late night shift? Or did you forget to include the "f" between "i" and "t"? So proofread your CV and have several eyes read it as well before sending it out to employers.

Minor details

Hiring managers don't need to know the details of every task you've ever done in every job you've ever had. Usually half of that information isn't relevant. Employers want to be able to see at first glance that you are the right candidate, so pick out those details that are most relevant to the job for which you are applying and leave out the rest.

Interest and hobbies

Unless your interests and hobbies have something to do with the job you're applying for, there's no reason to include them. In general, make any applicable connections between your hobbies and the job in your cover letter. Better yet, save them for the interview when you're asked what you like to do outside of work.

False information

Plain and simple, no one wants to hire a liar. Don't say you're presently employed at a company if you've recently been fired; don't say that you have a master's degree if you've only earned your bachelor's; don't list your salary history as 20 percent higher than it was. Everything you tell an employer can be verified, so play it safe and be honest.

Empty Words

It's good to be hard-working and ambitious, right? The recruiting manager won't be convinced if you can't provide solid examples to back up your claims. Scott Bennett, author of “The Elements of Resume Style” suggests being extremely careful before using nice-sounding but empty words like these in your CV, unless you can relate it to a specific situation or experience.

  • Ambitious
  • Competent
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Determined
  • Efficient
  • Experienced
  • Flexible
  • Goal-oriented
  • Hard-working

To show your skills, try using specific examples to make an impact, for example:

Instead of... "Experience working in fast-paced environment"

Try... "Registered 120+ third-shift accident and emergency patients per night"

Instead of... "Excellent written communication skills"

Try... "Wrote jargon-free User Guide for 11,000 users"

Instead of... "Team player with cross-functional awareness"

Try... "Collaborated with

Instead of... "Team player with cross-functional awareness"

Try... "Collaborated with clients, the Accounts Receivable Department and Sales to increase speed of receivables and prevent interruption of service to clients."

Remember… there is no rush to create your CV!

We remind you that it is very important to put time and effort into writing a CV that appeals to employers. If your CV is not written or laid out in a professional manner, the hiring manager will not even look at it!  Have a friend or trusted colleague review your CV to make sure it is clear, and if you are writing in another language, try to have a native or fluent speaker review it as well. Remember, employers receive hundreds of applications from qualified candidates, so dedicate the necessary time to create one that will highlight your skills properly. Don’t miss out on a great job opportunity by making avoidable mistakes!

Thanks to CareerBuilder for this advice. For more tips and news in your job search, you can visit their Job Seeker blog, available in many languages, including: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian,