Some CV mistakes are straightforward. Bad grammar, spelling mistakes and inconsistent formatting – they’re all simple enough to spot if you keep your eyes peeled.
But then there are others kinds of CV mistakes. The ones that you’ll always ignore. Not because you’re lazy, but because you don’t realise they’re wrong!
Here are 9 things you need to take off your CV right now…
1. Your date of birth
Many studies on unconscious bias have shown that even seemingly innocuous details like your DOB may have an effect on your chances.
No one needs to know how old you are, so you might as well just leave it off!
2. Your address
Believe it or not, the same goes for where you’re from!
The hiring manager may request your address at a later date for one reason or another, but until then, you can just keep it to yourself.
Chuck any photos or visual elements unless they’ve specifically asked you to provide one with your CV.
Otherwise, they’re just distracting and take up valuable space.
4. Long sentences
You know what’s harder than reading one CV filled with long sentences? Reading pile of CVs filled with long sentences.
Cut your sentence length down or even opt for the bullet point approach if necessary – it’ll mean the difference between the hiring manager getting to the bottom of the page and chucking it in the bin.
5. Unnecessarily long or flashy words
Likewise, words that are difficult to read or sound too over-the-top are just going to bore or annoy whoever’s reading.
Remember what George Orwell said: “never use a long word when a short one will do.”
6. Irrelevant work experience
You might think previous jobs that were tough, interesting or character-building are worth keeping on your CV.
But the truth is unless it’s relevant to the specific job you’re applying for, it shouldn’t be on your CV.
7. Inappropriate email address
Tip: it’s time to retire sk8r_girl_91@hotmail.
If you’re not sure if your personal email will look bad or not, just make yourself a professional-looking email account that you use specifically for job applications. It’s easier that way!
No matter how small, no matter how well you think you can cover for it, and no matter how convincing you think it is, lies will get found out one way or another. Don’t risk it.
9. “References available upon request”
It’s stating the obvious and taking up room on the page. Get rid of it!