Things not to write in your CV
Every time someone asks for help regarding what to put in his/her CV my first questions is actually what exactly do you have to leave outside it. Building your CV should be something built based on the job you aim for. If you apply for jobs in the IT field how exactly is your bartending experience of help? Yes, it is a job just as noble as any other, don’t get me wrong, but it is not relevant to what you wish to achieve now. Similar to this kind of information, there is a lot of data in people’s CV-s that make little to no sense in many, many job applications. Let’s name a few in this article.
– Irrelevant memberships. We all have hobbies and we are all part of associations, but that doesn’t always help. For example, if you want to get hired as an architect, your belonging to the national architects association is a good thing to put on your CV, while your belonging to a bikers or bird watching group does not have any kind of impact on your chances of getting employed.
– Temporary, irrelevant jobs. As mentioned in the beginning, it is only natural you probably had small jobs during college or you worked as a part-time baby sitter or you gave maths classes for undergraduates and so on. Do they say something important about yourself and your abilities to fulfil the tasks you want to work on in the targeted company? If not, think twice about putting them down because it will only make your CV more difficult to read and they may suffocate the relevant experience
– Inaccurate job titles. It is very possible that at your previous job, you were not called Data Analyst, but Numbers Wizard because companies try to make their employees seem like they have a great time. But Numbers Wizard will not help your future employee figure out your Excel and Analytics skills. Try to use generic terms for your previous jobs so people really understand what you worked as.
– Lies. Do not try to lie about your previous income, or about your level because employees do not live in a bubble where their company is the only one hiring and using people to fulfil tasks. In general they know how much the competition is paying and even if they don’t they can always check by calling in for recommendations.
– Your e-mail from college. If you are at that point in life when you already started looking for a stable and well-paying job, then you should have a decent e-mail address by this firstname.lastname@example.org is really not something any HR manager wants to e-mail to. Get anamesurname or surname.name kind of address in order to look serious.
– Grammar and spelling mistakes. Even if you have a great editor on your computer and it checks your language as you write it down, make sure you check again because there are many words spelt right that mean something completely different. A very common example is the one talking about the terms “public” and “”pubic”. And I am pretty positive you meant “public”.
– Weird formatting. This is one of the most annoying things that can happen to a recruitment agent. Trying to open a .odt or .pdf or .ppt even document and having everything misplaced and written with completely random fonts. This is an issue we managed to solve here at 1tedjob, as you build your CV by filling out fields and we will take care of making it look great.
– Useless diplomas. Ok, we know for sure that you care a lot about that time when you won Best Actor in your school play in the 8th grade. But honestly, this will not really help you land an economist job. Try instead to get as many qualifications as possible by taking specialized tests or by attending classes if you have the time, money and energy to do it.