By Nisa Chitakasem, Founder of Career consultancy, Position Ignition Ltd
If you’ve been looking for a job for a while now, but can’t even get an interview, you may be wondering if there’s some way you can improve your CV to try and get past first base with employers or recruiters. Whilst some of us are in the habit of believing we have to add as much information as possible to a CV, we might improve it by actually removing a few unnecessary features. Here are a few things to take off your CV if they’re on there.
1. A video-Although video CVs can be useful and are potentially the future of recruitment, don’t have a video embedded in your CV simply because it feels like the done thing. If your written CV covers everything it needs to and there’s no need to complement it with a video, that’s fine.
2. A photo-Unless you’re sending off a CV for a modelling or acting type of role, your looks should really be irrelevant when recruiters are considering you for a job.
3. Jokes-A CV is not the place for jokes, even if you think they’ll make you stand out from all the other applicants. In truth, it’ll just make your CV look unprofessional.
4. Your age-If, for instance, you put your age or date of birth on a CV that you then pass on to a recruitment agency to forward to potential employers, some agencies will edit this out. This is to avoid you being discriminated against by employers on grounds of age.
5. A font that isn’t Times New Roman-Times New Roman is the most commonly used font because it’s the clearest one to read. People with poor eyesight can have difficulties reading other fonts.
6. Coloured text-For similar reasons, black is the most used colour in word processing.
7. Untruths-If you lie or fabricate on your CV, you’ll be found out at some point down the line. If the falsehoods aren’t exposed at interview, they may be uncovered when you’re actually doing the job.
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