When writing your CV you need to be tactful, logical, insightful, diplomatic and thoughtful. A recruiter will hire you when your CV is perfect. CVs are critical because they represent the initial idea of the potential employee to the employer; so make sure your CV grasps the attention.
Your CV should not be outlandish and unbelievable; rather it should be practical, achievable and matching with your abilities and skill set or else your CV would be thrown into the dustbin without your credentials even being read.
Here are some of the things you should never ever include when compiling your resume….
Life History Or Irrelevant Personal Details
When writing a comprehensive résumé don’t include all sorts of irrelevant information; such as my father is a retired soldier, my step mother is a chartered accountant that is why I would like to be one. These are of no interest to the recruiting manager. All you need do is to include information about experience and skills which are closely related to the job you are seeking for. If the company is looking for someone with marketing skills, the manager will be looking for lots of relevant examples and successes in your marketing. If these are not prominent, then your résumé is headed for the bin. Don’t include your religious or spiritual beliefs aspect, like writing that you attend a Pentecostal church or you’re an atheist. All these are irrelevant and the hiring manager who sees all these in your résumé might just be pissed.
Irrelevant Social Media Accounts
Don’t ever include all your social media account details in your CV such your twitter handle, a profile on facebook, skype etc. All these are irrelevant unless they are related to the job you are applying for but in a normal résumé you should never ever include all your social media accounts. Not only is this information a waste of space, but including personal social media accounts that aren’t aligned with your professional brand can derail your job search. Remove these links from your resume. Write at least one professional profile on sites like LinkedIn or About.Me, depending upon your line of work, and include the link at the top of your resume. If you work in a creative field, consider creating a personal site that has a mobile-responsive design so you can share your portfolio from any device.
Including The Date You Wrote The CV
You should not write the date you compiled the résumé. Some people make the mistake of dating their résumés its unprofessional and unnecessary. The employer does not need to know when you wrote it. The dates you include regarding past education and employment are the only dates you need to include in the résumé.
There’s no need to include past salary information or hourly pay rates for roles you previously held. It’s not only unnecessary but it may send the wrong message to your employers. Your CV should showcase the value your professional experience and skills provide and not its cost to former employers. If a job application asks for your salary requirements, address these questions in your cover letter and not in your résumé.
Slangs Or Obscure Words
When compiling your resume, don’t write words like “Oh Yeah, Lolz, Thumbsup, Huh, As in, Naso, YOLO” it will only make the hiring manager laugh and see you as incapable for the job. Describing yourself as a “Very detail oriented multi-taster” is likely to get no other response than, “Yeah, right” before it’s passed around the HR department for laughs and then tossed. And don’t try to impress with big grammar, no one needs to know you are endowed with writing big words when “good sense” will do. Steer clear of overused buzzwords and esoteric acronyms. Jargon doesn’t add meaning and can turn off hiring managers. Avoid negative words or ideas in your resume.
Photography And Physical Atributes
Unless the job you are applying for requires photo, don’t attach your picture on your resume. Attaching pictures or any image files to a CV can “choke” an applicant tracking system (ATS), the software that automatically scans and parses resumes. Some hiring professionals warn against giving anyone a reason to prejudge and form a negative opinion based on your appearance. Some HR departments will immediately discard résumés with photos to avoid any possible accusations of discrimination on this basis. Including your physical characteristics on a CV opens the door to possible accusations of discrimination against the company. Companies therefore prefer that you do not include any physical descriptions. Don’t include your height, weight, skin-color, abs or preferred brand of some certain products.
Some companies do not want to see your hobbies on your resume. However, if you have a hobby that relates to the company, you may include it. For example, if you are applying to work at a sporting goods store, you could list your interest in particular outdoor activities or if you are applying as a customer care agent, you can put meeting people as your hobby and leave it at that.
Multiple Phone numbers And Unprofessional Email
You might miss important message from the hiring manager when you include more than two phone numbers in your resume, One or at most two is okay and write on top of the résumé. Unprofessional e-mail addresses are just one way of sending hiring managers the wrong message or impression. If you want to be taken seriously when you apply for jobs you need to put some polish on your CV, your cover letter and everything contain therein. Don’t include emails like ‟thehotnextsexy.com, dickandrock.com” Stay away from cutesy addresses or daring terms, instead use an address that incorporates the name you use professionally on your resume and cover letter.
Do not include any personal information beyond your address, email, and phone number. Leave out your age, date of birth, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, and the names or ages of your spouse or children. Don’t include unnecessary fonts or color, uses appropriate fonts, lines, length and alignment. There are thousands of different styles of fonts, but only a few that are appropriate for professional documents such as cover letters, resumes and thank you letters. Before choosing a particular style, you must first choose between two worlds, that of serif and sans serif fonts. You should also leave out important numbers that could allow someone to steal your identity, such as your social security number, driver’s license number and any banking details or credit card information.