You might just be hurting your application chances by including any of the following points on your CV.
Here are 9 things you should never include on your CV.
1. Full Personal Address:
A general location is perfect, if you are not local to the position you must ALWAYS include info relating to your relocation “relocating to: LOCATION in DATE” or “Happy to relocate”.
2. A Third Person:
Never talk about yourself in the third person, this isn’t a magazine interview!
3. Unexplained Gaps:
Ensure your CV flows, and makes sense. If you spent 2 years on a sabbatical trekking in the Andes then say so.
4. Full Reference Details (emails, phone numbers):
Only at the interview / offer stage should this information be disclosed.
5. Your Life Story:
Your CV is an introduction, not a dossier on your life history. Keep it succinct and no longer than 2 pages.
6. Your Salary Expectations:
Don’t restrict your chances of an interview (phone / face-to-face), you are better positioned to negotiate a strong salary if you have already excelled in an interview.
7. An Avalanche of Bullet Points:
Take the time to write about each section in your CV, bullet points are great but use them sparingly.
8. Negative Words:
Leave out all negativity (unfortunately, difficult, frustrating, problems, discouraged) and focus on positive words (achiever, capable, enthusiastic, talented, powerful).
9. Family Details:
Avoid listing personal information such as marital status, dependents, religion etc.
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