CV and Resumes come in all different shapes and sizes. They are designed to showcase you, your skills, knowledge and experience to a potential employer. And that’s where the problem starts.
What to include? What not to include? What a headache!
And what’s interesting to us is bound to be interesting to a recruiter, isn’t it? No!
Interest & Intrigue
CVs and Resumes are designed to be interesting and intriguing. They must have the balance between enough information and too much.
Having seen thousands of CVs and Resumes over the years, it’s fascinating to see what candidates write.
Stand Out CV
More often than not most are incredibly bland and do nothing to help a candidate stand out. Then, there are those that stand out – for the wrong reasons. For the things they’ve included that shouldn’t have been.
The List of 23
Here’s a list of 23 things that shouldn’t have been included:
- Lying about your qualifications
- Describing what you look like
- Having a personal statement that contradicts itself
- Including a photo or photos of yourself
- Your Religion
- Your age
- Listing your sexual orientation – why??
- Too much personal information e.g. married, divorced, separated, children, step children
- Political affiliation
- Odd hobbies e.g. ‘Searching for the perfect white shirt’
- Using negative language e.g. bad, fault, hate, problem, awful, aggressive
- Listing all your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements over 8 pages! Yes 8 pages
- Handwriting your CV
- Using too many colours (and too many fonts)
- Using clipart
- Meaningless and annoying buzzwords, jargon, clichés or vague words e.g. dynamic, go-getter, think outside the box,
- Bad grammar and abbreviations
- Using slang
- Having spelling mistakes (particularly when you list ‘attention to detail’ as a core skill)
- Unprofessional email addresses e.g. themaverick@….
- Links to your personal social media accounts
- Explaining a gap in employment with an odd reason e.g. to get over a pet dying
- Achievements that are not relevant to the role you’re applying for e.g. Winning best looking man competition 2009 at University
Is that it?
Now I’m sure there are more that could be included. If you know of one that should be included in the list, let me know and I’ll include it.
Just make sure that your CV isn’t including one of the 23 listed above.