Curriculum Vitae (CV) is very important as it gives an overview of someone’s life’s work (academic formation, publications, qualifications, etc.). A CV aims to impress recruiters and is sent as a application to jobs adverts or as a speculative approach to prospective companies. CVs are valuable and important because they are your first and maybe only direct communication with a potential employer, and also the first chance you get to make a good impression. Thus, presentation is key. A poor written CV narrows your chances of being shortlisted or even being considered by the potential employer for any future openings.
Here are the things you should remove from your CV right now.
1. Personal details
Don’t include personal details such marital status, age and religion in your CV as it may lead to discrimination.
2. Irrelevant experience
It makes no sense to list your experience as a bartender when you are applying for a nursing vacancy.
3. Unprofessional email address
Don’t include email addresses such as email@example.com in your resume.
4. Cliché phrases
Cliché phrases such as ‘go getter’, ‘self-driven’ and ‘outgoing personality’ have lost taste.
Be very honest in your CV and do not include qualifications that you do not possess.
Jargon in your CV will shift the reader’s attention from important kills you have and that’s how you miss a chance.