10 Things not to put in your CV

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A description about what you look like or even images of yourself should never be included on a CV. It isn’t professional and will be viewed as a mockery if it includes this information.

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Proofread your CV, twice and then get someone else to do it! Spelling and grammar mistakes can be a huge turn off to an employer! REMEMBER: Spellcheck isn’t always write

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Putting irrelevant work experience on your CV will dilute your key message and fill up needed space!

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If your hobbies will show you in an unusual light it is better to leave them out, stick to a short and precise list (e.g. writing, reading, etc)

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If you have an inappropriate or embarrassing email address, don’t use it! – Think about creating a more professional email specifically for your job search.

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Stay away from negative words such as; mistake, awful, bad, nothing even if they’re used in a positive sentence (e.g. awfully good)

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You should never include this information on your CV! If this info gets into the wrong hands you could be in trouble! Have it ready for your employer when they ask for it but don’t include it on your CV.

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A long CV is boring and gives the impression that you’re unable to distinguish important and irrelevant information – stick to 1-2 pages.

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Clip art, too many distracting colours and strange fonts will make your CV hard to read. Make a good impression with your CV and don’t distract from the information with bold designs.

For more information on CV and employability take a look at our Job Seekers section on the website.

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