What Not to Include in Your Curriculum Vitae
Plenty of articles are all about what you should write and what you should include in your CV. This article details some of the things you should leave out of your CV if you want to get a job. Each element is important, and even though some of the mistakes listed below are not committed by everybody, there are many mistakes that are committed by job hunters on a regular basis. Get help with your resume writing now.
Do not include anything negative on your Resume!
Putting anything negative in your resume is like adding maggots to a fresh steak. You are going to instantly remove any desire to hire you because you are selling your negative points. The reason you send in a CV is so you may sell yourself to the employer. You are selling your experience, your personality, qualifications, and future profitability to your employer. You cannot sell to people by telling them bad things about you or your past.
You are supposed to include the good, not the bad. If anything comes across as negative in your CV, then it is going to reflect badly on you. Plus, you are also asking the reader to invite your negativity into their business. Sure, the fact that you had a troubled childhood may not affect business directly, but a good employer is not going to hire someone that is so miserable that they mention their troubled childhood in a CV.
Do not give excuses in your CV!
An excuse in any form on your CV is just another way of calling yourself a big failure. If you excuse the reasons why you have not had a job, then you are telling your future employer that you have been trying to get a job and failed. If you give excuses for episodes in your life, then you are a loser. A seasoned professional is going to be able to smell an excuse and will know to associate it with failure.
Instead of giving excuses, you should give positive statements. Instead of saying, “I have been trying to get a job over the last six months and that is why I have been unemployed,” you can say, “I have spent the past six months learning xxxxx, and am now a better person for it and ready to get back to work.” Your positive statement does not have to be strictly true, but it certainly shouldn’t be an excuse.
Giving excuses in your resume is as dumb as adding negative things into your resume, and the sad thing is that some people do both at the same time. They say that they gained very bad grades in school (negative), and then give a bunch of reasons why and how they should have, and could have, done better (excuses).
Do not give your references until after the first interview!
If you apply for a lot of jobs, then you will know your references are going to be contacted a lot. With that being the case, it is better that you only give your references after or during your first interview. You can say as much within the references section of your CV and application form. You can even come up with a few lines about how your ex-manager was touchy about giving out his details, but you are better off simply stating that you will give out full reference details once you have the interview.
Do not include your social media profiles!
Even if you have created a perfect social media profile, you should not include it in your CV. If you are going to make your future employer aware of any of your social media profiles, then you have to remember that you are going to be judged by those profiles. Even if you clean up your profile and only include media that puts you in a positive light, it only takes one or more people to comment on your wall or to tag you in a negative picture and the future employer is going to see it.
Do not include times when you were fired!
You may have to fill out a full employment history, but it may be better to brush over the times you were fired in your CV. You do not have to mention that you were fired. You can say that you left, and you can even cover it up completely if you were not there a long time. You can simply leave it as a gap in your CV until you are asked about it (if you are asked about it).
Do not include the qualifications you failed!
This sounds like a really dumb tip, but you would be surprised how often people write their qualifications on their CV and include the subjects they failed at too. It often happens when the sender writes his or her qualifications onto the CV from the results sheet that he or she got from college or school. Before you send it off, you should just check to see if you have accidentally included qualifications that you do not have.
Do not include clip art or any images other than one of you!
If you are good looking, then you should include a picture of you because it will help your chances of getting the job. Do not include clip art or any form of other picture because they are tacky and they do not speak to the bigger issue. You are supposed to impress your future employer with your words and not with small drawings on your CV. Decorations may be used with extreme caution, as they too will distract from the issue.
The fact is that the text and the CV design is supposed to lead the eye. It is supposed to take the reader from point A, to B, to C in a smooth motion so that nothing is missed. If you have decorations or additions to the simplicity of the design, then the eye will be drawn away and there is a chance that things will be missed. If you do include an image of yourself, then use a larger one near the end or on the back, or a smaller thumbnail image near the top of your CV near your address and contact details.