Things Employers HATE to See on a CV!
If you’re looking to win the job search game you have to leap ahead of your competition by taking your CV writing skills to the next level. Many people believe that they have to include all of their work experiences on their CV, which eventually may become unmanageable if they switch jobs many times during their career. What you don’t include on your CV can be as important as what you do include. Akhtaboot is here to the rescue with a number of things you should leave off when writing your CV.
Including short-term jobs in your CV will raise red flags for hiring managers, as it will give an impression that you are unstable and that you don’t have a clear career path. A few months in a job won’t be sufficient to present any real accomplishments anyway. Short-term jobs can be included in one case; if the job was contract or project based, it won’t raise any question marks as you’ll have an explanation that doesn’t reflect poorly on you.
If you’re under 30 years of age, your resume should only be one page. If you have enough experience to justify a second one, two pages are fine. Hiring managers may spend only 20 or 30 seconds on each job application initially, so extra pages are either ignored or frowned upon. Your resume should be for highlights, not extensive detail that should be tackled during the interview.
Your Last Salary
Salary information should never be included in a CV, as it is guaranteed to make you come across as naive or greedy. And by sharing such information you can actually harm your salary negotiations later on. Since employers are likely to inquire about the salary range you’re looking for, there’s no point trying to negotiate before you have a real job offer.
Since your appearance has nothing to do with your ability to do the job, there’s no need to include personal photos in your CV. While adding a photo might make your CV stand out from the others being looked at, there are times when this isn’t necessarily a good thing! A photo can take up valuable space on your CV that you could use more effectively to promote your key skills – which is what will ultimately help you land the job.
A Complicated Design
Unless you’re applying for a job as a designer, CVs with an unusual design and weird colors can backfire on you as it will give the impression that you don’t understand what employers are looking for. Line up all headings to keep your resume looking clean and professional and avoid excessive graphics use, boxes or distracting lines and designs.
Your CV should only highlight your experience and accomplishments. It’s not the place for subjective self-descriptions, such as “great leadership skills” or “creative innovator”. Hiring managers often disregard anything subjective that job seekers write about themselves because self-assessments are wildly inaccurate. Stick to objective facts and actual achievements.
Using Standard Templates
Although it can be very tempting to use resume templates, employers come across thousands of CVs per month and looking at the same thing gets boring. They can look at the format of a resume and know immediately if it is a template or an original design. If they think it is, they may make assumptions about the applicant not taking the time to create an original resume. If you decide to use a standard template, make sure that you customize the margins, font and spacing.