What shouldn’t you include in your CV?

Its getting a little confusing to say the least about what you should or should not put in your Curriculum Vitae and with competition for top roles increasing, even the tiniest mistake could be enough to make or break your application.

 So our blog this week is to inform and educate you so you can avoid getting into any bad habits, here are a few things you should not do with your CV:

 1.      CVs are not one-size-fits-all. Whilst it may be tempting to start sending as many applications as possible, this approach will not increase your chances of success. In fact, it could end up having the complete opposite effect. What you need to do is to ensure that you adapt your CV to each job you apply for. So what is good for the HR Assistant role might not fit with the Customer Service Adviser roles that you are applying for.

 2.      When writing a CV, some candidates are tempted to include as much information as possible to impress. However, a well-written CV does not necessarily mean an overwritten CV. Remember: employers do not have time to read through your life story. Keep it short, pertinent and to the point if you want your CV to be a success. Around two pages of well written and precise information will suffice.

 3.      Socialising with friends. Team working. Other bland attributes. When you are stressing to impress, CV clichés can be difficult to avoid. However, these stock phrases will only make you slip back into the crowd, not to mention strip your application of its individuality.

 4.      Never underestimate the importance of presentation. It is all very well getting all the words right, but if you have not displayed them in the right way a recruiter is unlikely to give your application the time it deserves.

 5.      Over 50% of recruiters highlight poor spelling and grammar as their number one reason to lose faith in an application. In fact, when it comes to making a tough decision over similarly qualified applicants, this could even end up being the direct reason for missing out on a role. Poor spelling makes you look unprofessional and unprepared – two qualities not generally desired by hiring managers.

 So you have written an engaging CV, put your personality across well and impressed the employer. Unfortunately, you have not included any way for them to contact you. Again keep this brief and only include your best contact number and email address.

If you would like help with creating YOUR killer CV, please get in touch with Nicki or Lisa at Westcountry HR on 01626 367595 or email info@westcountryjobs.co.uk

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