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5 Things to leave out of your CV

If you want a shot at grabbing your target audience and showing them what you’re made of, every section of your CV needs to be concise, well-written and not hindered with excess content that slows the reader down and sabotages an otherwise competitive document

So, let’s all get out our big red markers; here are 5 things you should remove from your CV today

  • Irrelevant work experience

Take out your random assortment of jobs from your college years, or those couple of temp jobs you worked during high school. Chances are they have nothing to do with what you’re applying for. Remember your CV is a marketing document. So unless something you did more than 12-15 years ago is vital for the recruiter to know about, you don’t need to list the entry-level job or internship you held in 1997. It’s okay to leave some of your life history off

  • Third-person voice

Writing your CV as the third person has never been a good idea, ever. When you add your name and contact information at the top of the page, the receiver will most assuredly conclude that the document he or she is receiving is indeed about you and your experiences

  • Inconsistent formatting

The format of your CV is just as important as its content. Once you pick a format, stick with it. If you write the year and month for one date, then use that same format throughout the rest of your CV. The best format is the one that will make it easiest for the recruiter to scan and still be able to pick out your key qualifications and career goals

  • A less-than-professional email address

If you still use an old email address, like, it’s time to pick a new one. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes to set up a new email, and it’s free

  • Your hobbies

If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s most likely a waste of space and a waste of the recruiter’s time

Whether you’re starting a brand new career or you’re getting back on the job market, your CV can make or break your job search. We hope these tips help you with drafting your perfect CV and getting your dream job

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