75 CVs per position land on a hiring manager’s desk, according to CareerBuilder.com.
As such, only the best get more attention than the average six seconds it takes for a recruiter to decide the fate of your résumé.
To help you transform a bean into a beanstalk, The Independent compiled 30 things that should be omitted to help craft the perfect CV.
1. An objective
2. Irrelevant work experience – "Past work experience that might not appear to be directly relevant to the job at hand might show another dimension, depth, ability, or skill that actually is relevant or applicable.
"Only include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you're applying for," says career expert Alyssa Gelbard.
3. Personal stuff
4. Your hobbies
5. Blatant lies – “[Lies may be a] “misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 100 per cent of the qualifications specified in the job posting,” says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder.com’s Chief HR Officer.
“Hiring managers are more forgiving than job seekers may think. About 42% of employers surveyed said they would consider a candidate who met only three out of five key qualifications for a specific role.”
6. Your age
7. Too much text – use lots of white space and no more than a 0.8 margin, says JT O’Donnell, Founder of Careerealism.com.
8. Time off - “In some countries, it is acceptable to include this information, especially travel,” says Gelbard, but she doesn’t recommend including this information.
9. References – Putting ‘references upon a request’ at the bottom of a CV is a waste of a line, says career coach Eli Amdur.
10. Inconsistent formatting
11. Personal pronouns - “Don't write your CV in the third or first person. It's understood that everything on your CV is about you and your experiences”, says executive career coach Tina Nicolai.
12. Present tense for a past job
13. A less-than-professional email address
14. Any unnecessary, obvious words
15. Headers, footers, tables, images or charts
16. Your current business-contact info - "This is not only dangerous; it's stupid. Do you really want employers calling you at work? How are you going to handle that? Oh, and by the way, your current employer can monitor your emails and phone calls. So if you're not in the mood to get fired or potentially charged with theft of services (really), then leave the business info off", says Amdur.
17. Your boss’ name – only name them if they’re noteworthy or impressive, says Gelbard.
18. Company-specific jargon - “Companies often have their own internal names for things like customised software, technologies, and processes that are only known within that organisation and not by those who work outside of it,” Gelbard says. “Be sure to exclude terms on your CV that are known only to one specific organisation.”
19. Social media URLs that are not related to the targeted position - “Candidates who tend to think their personal social media sites are valuable are putting themselves at risk of landing in the 'no' pile,” Nicolai says. “But you should list relevant URLs, such as your LinkedIn page or any others that are professional and directly related to the position you are trying to acquire.”
20. More than 15 years of experience
21. Salary information - “This document is intended to showcase your professional experience and skills. Salary comes later in the interview process”, says Amy Hoover, President of Talent Zoo.
22. Outdated fonts - “Don't use Times New Roman and Serif fonts, as they're outdated and old-fashioned,” Hoover says. “Use a standard, sans-serif font like Arial.”
23. Fancy fonts - “People try to make their CVs look classier with a fancy font, but studies show they are harder to read and the recruiter absorbs less about you,” says O’Donnell.
24. Annoying buzzwords
25. Reasons you left a company or position - “Listing why you left is irrelevant on your CV. It's not the time or place to bring up transitions from one company to the next”, says Nicolai.
26. Your grades
27. An explanation of why you want the job
28. A photo of yourself
29. Opinions, not facts - “Listing why you left is irrelevant on your CV. It's not the time or place to bring up transitions from one company to the next”, says O’Donnell.
30. Short-term employment
Published: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:30am BST