Things To Remove From Your CV

Is there something that could be keeping your CV from getting to the ‘yes’ pile? 

You might be qualified for a role, but as soon as a potential employer gets to your CV and notices something, you miss out on the opportunity.

Truth is, there are certain sections that add no value to your CV and should be removed immediately.

They are:

1. Your photo

Generally, the photo on your CV is unnecessary. Also, the employer does not want to be influenced by gender issues. Why should she waste one second of those precious six viewing your stunning beauty?

As we live in such a visual age, your photo is going to pop up sooner or later, for example on your LinkedIn page. The best thing to do is to make sure that your page does actually have your photograph.

2. Inappropriate/unprofessional email addresses

Creating an email is an exercise that is free and will take you less than 5minutes.

With these perks, some job seekers opt to create very unprofessional email addresses such as [email protected], [email protected], [email protected].

Such email addresses only show your lack of seriousness and unprofessionalism.

3. Personal social media accounts

Communication has greatly changed with the advent of social media.

While it is okay to include your LinkedIn page due to its professional nature, you need not start including everything else like your Twitter handles, Facebook page, Instagram, Snap chat, you-tube channel etc.

This will only make the employer start going through your profiles and perhaps stumble on something that will diminish your chances of being shortlisted.

4. Grammatical errors and typos

It is very annoying for any employer to peruse pages of a CV that have not been proof-read.

Before sending out your CV, read it, re-read it and if possible give it to someone else to proof-read for you.

Having grammatical errors and typos show that you put little thought into your CV.

5. Vague and ambiguous phrases

If you have the habit of indicating on your CV vague statements such as “hardworking”, “competent”, “motivated” etc., you are doing a great disservice to your CV.

These statements don’t tell the employer much. What you need to do is offer a brief explanation or statement that shows the employer you are the most suitable for the role.

A good example:

“I am a highly motivated individual who takes a personal initiative to ensure that the tasks assigned to me are completed and executed in due time.”

In Conclusion,

The amount of time and effort you put into your CV will reflect.

If you’ve been churning out half-baked, error-ridden CV’s you will probably never get a call back for an interview.

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