The top things you should never EVER say on a C.V………Please!
We have all experienced this; when writing your CV there is so much to think about and everyone wants to make it ‘different’ and ‘interesting’ but the reality is, a potential employer simply needs to know what you have done and when you did it… don’t get me wrong, make your CV stand out whether it be by its design or creative layout (not too creative though, but that’s another topic…), but keep the information impactful and to the point. This will stand out more and will be easy to view when lots of C.Vs are being read at the same time – colour is another good idea to catch the eye but please avoid using the Barbie pink tone just because it was your “fave” colour when growing up!
Listed below are some real examples that have been used on C.Vs… and quite senior C.Vs!
• Interests: Rugby… is this because you once “played at school and every now and then watch it in the pub with my pals” if so, take it off your CV. Unless you play/watch constantly it’s not something to share as an interest.
• Education: Keep it brief and always at the end of the C.V – I have recently viewed a C.V with 16 lines of information about the candidates education and awards won in primary school – don’t get me wrong, it’s fab that you once were “leading recorder player of the year” but it’s not relevant to your C.V or career (unless of course, your career revolves around recorder playing… if so, well done you) • Personal: Employers don’t need to know that you are “recently married and have just returned from our life changing honeymoon” because it’s written on your C.V… they need to know what you do and how well you do it career wise.
• Skills: “being a barmaid” – “making cakes for the office team” – “I’m good at computers” – “I like to give compliments” – “creating and retaining a harmonious office environment” all lovely attributes to have, not so lovely to read about on a C.V and won’t make you stand out as creditable candidate. • Nicknames: Yes this has actually happened, someone wrote on their credentials after the main paragraph what their nickname was… and to make matters worse, it wasn’t a nickname to be shared. So as cute or cool you may think you sound with a nickname on your C.V, you don’t. • Describing Yourself: “think outside the box”, “team player”, “can do attitude”, “hardworking (as if you are going to describe yourself as non hard working!)”– all descriptions that are on almost every C.V that is sent for a role; show initiative when describing yourself and stay away from the predictable – it might take a bit longer to create but will be worth it in the end.
• Attention to Detail: “I have great attentin to detail and always take pride in what I work on” – see the problem? So many candidates attribute themselves with attention to detail yet fail to do a simple spell and grammar check on a document which potentially could change their life with a dream role. If in doubt, get it sense checked by a friend and don’t be afraid to ask for help with it.
I could list far more but hopefully you get the gist of what I am saying; keep it professional and to the point, easy to read and with eye catching key words/skills. And, of course, don’t fabricate… its quite easy to tell when someone has the experience they claim to have in an interview and when they don’t.If you in need of a few pointers give the professionals a call on 01243 200077.