10 Things to Remove From Your CV Right Away
You want prospective employers to believe that you're the one that they’re looking for. Your CV must create that impression, so you need to proofread it after you make one (or customise it). And there are certain items that must not be included.
First impression lasts, which applies to CV writing as well. You don't want your CV to be passed up, if not give a bad impression. Certain items can kill your chances, and one of which is your background. It doesn't pertain to your previous work experience, even the soft skills that you become aware during your younger years. If you happen to come from a family of immigrants, if not an international student who wants to explore his (or her) career options in the UK, then you must not let recruiters find out. And it would be foolish to let them use it against you (without your being aware of it). There's a law about it if if no one has informed you about it. This should give you some leverage, but your work is far from done.
These certain items, which you're about to learn in a moment, that may be included while you compose the draft of your CV. It's fine, as you won't send it to the prospective employers. Yet. You won't think about it after reading this post, though.
Keeping a List: Why Remove These Items
Age. You might not have read Equality Act 2010, which states that it's illegal for employers to discriminate job candidates due to their age. This doesn't guarantee the so-called matured applicants, though. It would be a grave mistake not to think of younger applicants, who might be willing to exert more effort. (And some may go to great lengths.) Older candidates can keep their heads high without getting desperate (and resort to things that can backfire on them). If you do your homework, then you won't have problems at all.
Date of birth (or birthday). You can read the previous item once more. As for your birthday, you might be the sentimental type. You don't want to attract attention for the wrong reasons, though.
Address. Not all contact details would matter. There's no final word (if you would get a job offer), and you might need more space to make your work experience more impressive to recruiters.
Civil status. The Equality Act of 2010 also states that your marital status doesn't affect your chances of getting hired for the job. The same thing applies to your number of dependents (if you have one). There's no need to bring it up during the interview (unless the recruiter ask you about it.)
Personal circumstances. Recruiters aren't keen on listening on your struggles while commuting from your home to the office (if you ever get hired for the job). They have no time to pay attention to your melancholic moments, which may have kept you from being enthusiastic about pursuing an undergraduate degree. You might be thinking that your revelation could win you some sympathy, but it’s not the case at all.
Photograph. If you happen to come from other countries, then you must know that prospective employers don't require a photo in your CV. It's human nature to have a first impression of someone (or something), and it must be your skills and capabilities that should be assessed here. This doesn't give you an excuse not to put on your best appearance for the interview. Presentable may not be enough. Look around, if not ask anyone.
Curriculum vitae as your heading. There's no need to spell out the obvious. It also saves some space, which you need for relevant information (in your work experience). Remember that the length of a CV may jeopardise your chances of being called for an interview.
References. If you're a new graduate, then you might insist on it. Common sense would tell you otherwise. It comes down to your skills and capabilities, which your previous work experience must show. If you believe that you're the top candidate, then there's no need to find someone to vouch for you. And the next item has something also alludes to this particular item.
Irrelevant work experience. A chronological timeline of your past work experience may not make you stand out from the other candidates. In this regard, select the tasks that would be related to the skills that are stated in the job ad. Some recruiters may notice it, even suspect a gap in your work experience. If you customise it well, then there shouldn't be an issue. If recruiters want to be enlightened about it, then give a short reply. You might put yourself in a disadvantage if you choose a lengthy response.
Qualifications. If you understand the previous item, then it should dawn on you that your qualifications may be overlooked. It doesn't mean that you can pass it up. One or two can help you get noticed. Look at it over and over again. Study the job ad once more. A long description might not capture their attention
CV Writing Would Be Incomplete without the Following
Get in touch with anyone from your network. If someone has the time to look through your CV, then don't hesitate to show it. Feedback is important. (And don't take it hard if you would hear something that you want to.) The second, if not third, opinion should help look at your CV once more. You must make sure that the information ensures that you get over the first stage of the job application process. You don’t want to hear someone wishing you the best of (British) luck.