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Monday, 23 May 2011

What not to put in your resume

Curriculum Vitae is the best possible way to get yourself seen by recruiters. Make sure to include as much information has possible.But beware not all information is good. Here is a list of things you should not include in your cv.

Title - On the top of page dont label the document putting Curriculum Vitae, CV or Resume. Instead, put your name so that recruiters know whose CV they are reading. Do not mention the word CV or anything similar in your resume.

Photograph – Do not attach photograph of your self unless it is stated in the job description.

Salary – Do not mention you previous salary. I have seen it happen time and time again. You apply for a job that offer £30,000 but when then they see that at your previous job you only receive £20,000 they offer you £22,000. You become happy because you have been give £2,000 more than your last job and the recruiter is also very happy because is saving £8,000 a year. One thing to keep in mind is that the recruiter was at happy at first to give you £30,000 and that means you would be losing out about a third of your salary. What also can happen is that if you were earning £30,000 in your previous job and the new job is only offering £20,000 then they may think that you wont be interested because of the pay deduction.

Reason for Leaving – Its not important to mention the reason for leaving your previous job. This is a question that you will have to answer at an interview and does not need to be mentioned now.

Achievement – Do not overal inflate your achievement and qualifications. It may seem like a good way of showing your recruiter that you are a strong candidate but most recruiters will do a background check. You may be asked to talk about your achievement in more details include time scale and facts and figures. Just be honest with your achievement.

Summary – Do not forget to add a small summary on the top of curriculum vitae. Recruiters only take about eight seconds before they decide wether to put a CV on the pile or in the bin. A small summary about yourself will give the recruiters the chance to see who you are what you have to offer.

I hope this blog on what not to put in your resume has been helpful. Please look at my other blogs on how to find a job.

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