What shouldn't be on your CV

The way we search & apply for jobs these days means that you have to take particular care of how your CV looks on the computer and not just on paper.

Due to how easy it is to apply for jobs now, it means that Hiring Managers & Recruitment Consultants get hundreds of CVs arriving in their inboxes daily. Thanks to this, it is very likely that they will quickly get fed up of seeing the same mistakes or irrelevant information. So if you don't want your CV to be forgotten then please consider avoiding these common CV faults.

Poor grammar & spelling mistakes - It is imperative that you check every word, then double and triple check it before you send it off.

Inaccurate dates - We need to know when you worked at your various employers as it gives us a good idea of your working history and, of course, for reference checking. Please be specific detailing which month in a particular year you worked from and to, as putting 2009-2010 isn't very helpful because you could have just worked from December 2009 to January 2010 and we wouldn't know from looking at your CV. If you have gaps in your career for any reason then explain them in your cover letter.

The wrong contact information - This is a big issue for me. I receive hundreds of CVs and on quite a number of occasions I have received CVs with the wrong telephone number and/or e-mail address.

Poor formatting - Please make sure your CV is set out as simply as possible. Your CV may look good on MS Word or PDF but please consider that your CV will probably go through various email formats and IT application systems and it could end up distorted.

Lengthy paragraphs - Every word counts so please keep it to the point as Hiring Managers/Recruiters do not have a lot of time to read through War & Peace descriptions of what you did in your previous job. Keep it informative and direct!

Unqualified candidates - No matter how much you want the job, if you do not have the relevant skills and experience then there is a very good chance your CV will be put to one side. If you know you have what it takes, then make sure your skills/experience are highlighted.

Unrelated information - What is on your CV needs to be relevant and show you as a professional person. Therefore, unless it is necessary, facts like your age, height, weight, religion etc are not required. If they are directly related to the job you want, please feel free to include them. The hobbies and interests section is important but don't let it take over your CV.

I hope these tips have been useful and thank you for reading.

Richard Khan Jr.
Managing Director
Limitless Consulting (UK) Ltd.

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