Home » Blog » CV basics » What To Leave Out Of Your CV
For every great CV, there can be dozens that don’t match. Not hearing back from a hiring manager is usually because the CV simply contained content that doesn’t align with a company’s vision of the perfect candidate. It’s also not unusual for hiring managers to dismiss a CV simply because it didn’t impress them. It can be trying to go through piles of CVs looking for one great candidate. That’s why your CV has about six seconds to prove you should be granted an interview. You’re probably perfect for the job but that single typo or your formatting being off blew it for you. No one wants that to happen to you. Here are a series of items you want to make sure you leave out of your CV so you don’t end up on any hiring manager’s “NO” stack.

Get rid of irrelevant experiences.

Only newcomers should include their early job experience in food service or at a movie theatre. Anyone with five or more years of experience should only be including experiences that relate to the job they are applying for. Focus on roles that contribute to your desired career trajectory and involve experiences pertinent to the job you’re applying for. There’s a big difference between clutter and detail.

Keep it strictly professional.

While at one time it might have been standard to include religious preferences, marital status and other personal information, today you can save it for Facebook. None of that is relevant to pretty much any prospect and in a lot of cases it’s information no potential employer can legally ask about. Your age is not important to include on your CV either.

Use your career objective thoughtfully.

A Career Objective statement can be a great way to introduce a CV, especially if it points out a common theme amid varied experiences or explains why your job history has prepared you to take a step up. But you should either say something relevant or leave it out of your CV. When you start out with Looking for a job/opportunity/experience … , you’re stating the obvious. Instead, summarise your long-term goals and what a new position would mean in that regard.

Skip the hobbies and interests sections.

While they are great conversation starters in interviews, no one really cares if their potential software developer likes to tend their garden. Again, this is something you should leave for newcomers that have to impress hiring managers with less than more. Instead, you may benefit from a Volunteer positions section that demonstrates how you’ve used your interests to give back to your community.

Skip any inclusion or mention of references.

Your references won’t matter until later in the application process. Including them on your CV or even adding an “upon request” line is merely using up page space needlessly. Besides, it’s rare for any employer to investigate your background before they interview you. If your potential employer requests references with the application, send them in a separate document.

Do not use personal pronouns of any kind.

Cover letters can be as personal as it gets, but typically the CV should not include I, my or me. It’s already understood the CV is about you. Instead, keep your language straightforward and brief: Oversaw five major accounts; brought in an average of ten new clients per month; boosted revenue by 10% year-over-year.

Create a professional email address.

MackLover@gmail might get you the ladies, but it will not get you a job. Open a new account with a sound name that lets hiring managers know you’re ready to get to work. For your personal safety, you also don’t want to put any current business contact info on your CV. The naive have done so and then had to explain to managers or HR why they’re getting calls from other employers at work. And a lot of systems are monitored, including email. Avoid the grief. Knowing what to leave out of your CV is as important as knowing what to include. Follow these guidelines, and your CV will include only the most relevant information from your work history and experience — which is exactly what potential employers are looking or.

We personalize your experience.

We use cookies in our website to ensure we give you the best experience, get to know our users and deliver better marketing. For this purpose, we may share the information collected with third parties. By clicking “Allow cookies” you give us your consent to use all cookies. If you prefer to manage your cookies click on the “Manage cookies” link below.

Manage Cookies