5 Things You Don't Need To Mention In Your CV (Part 1 of 2)
We thought it was about time we put this blog together for our readers. As a company, we've been around since 2014; however, most of the Creative Crew have been working in the realm of employment for much longer than this. After all these years we can unanimously say that we've noticed ten things people consistently include on their CV when they absolutely shouldn't/don't need to do so. (This is part one of two! Stay tuned next month for the other five).
With that said, let's jump into it because we have a lot to cover! If you're wanting to give your CV a 2020 refresh, simply ensuring you don't have one (or many) of these no-no's lurking in your CV is a great place to start!
1. YOUR FUTURE PLANS
What on earth do we mean when we say: 'Don't mention your future plans'? If we were to use the word 'objective' instead, things might make more sense. We don't know who started this strange CV inclusion, but including an 'objective' at the top of your CV is not a good use of precious space. Why? Because when applying for a job, your objective is clearly to get the job; no need to waste space stating the obvious. Plus, keep in mind that it is vital to focus on what you can offer potential employers, not what you hope to gain from them to build your career.
Your age/date of birth is not something to be mentioned in your CV. Employers are unable to discriminate based on age, so why include your birth date? Whether your 17 or 70, if you can do the job and you're the best person for the advertised position based on your merits, age shouldn't be a factor!
Did you know? A job ad can be reported to the Human Rights Commission for investigation if it states that a candidate must have a certain number of years' experience, as doing so is inadvertent age discrimination.
3. HEALTH STATUS
Your general health status/history is not something you need to mention on your CV. Unless your health will directly impact your ability to carry out the job for which you're applying, there is no reason to write things such as 'Non-smoker' or 'Excellent health'.
If you require specialised equipment or working conditions to do your job, i.e you:
Are hearing/visually impaired or using a wheelchair
Have a condition such as epilepsy, which might require the workplace to be trained and have an action plan in place if you had a seizure
Live with a chronic condition such as endometriosis that means you need to take multiple days off each month
It is best to mention these types of things to the recruiter/ HR manager so they can advise on next steps (if you haven't already had to fill out such medical details in an online application form).
NOTE: If you were out of the workforce due to a long period of illness or injury, it could be helpful to give a brief explanation with NO specifics - please ask us if you're unsure how to do this.
4. WHY YOU LEFT
You don't need to include the reason you left your last job on your CV. If an employer or recruiter wants to know, they will ask you in an interview. (They don't generally ask unless you have a series of short stints in your CV that were not recorded as fixed-term, contract, secondments or temporary jobs). Most of the time, the reason you left your last position can be quite apparent - i.e. Natural career progression or a total career shift into a different industry. There are quite literally thousands of reasons someone might leave a job. Everything from toxic workplace culture/bullying and people not getting along with their manager, through to dissatisfaction with salary brackets or commuting distances.
Just remember not to slander your old workplace or your boss. It's not a good look! No matter how awful they may have been, try and find a positive way to spin it. For example, you could say your values didn't align, and you're looking to work for a company with a vision you can support wholeheartedly.
5. 'WELL PRESENTED'
Steer clear of anything about how you look. We notice this a lot on CV coming from Asia, where people mention the colour of their skin - i.e. 'very fair skin'. Yes, we understand this is a cultural thing, and there is no judgement from us on that, but an NZ employer certainly doesn't get any value from learning the colour of someone's skin or how 'well' they believe they present themselves. If you really want to give an idea of how professional and friendly you are, consider including a professional headshot to match your LinkedIn page. Including a picture is not a requirement for an NZ CV so it is entirely up to you whether you'd like to include a photo or not.
So... How are you going so far? Do you have any of these first five on your current CV? Most of them are quick to fix, right? Just delete and forget about them; phew! As always, we are happy to help if you've hit a stumbling block. Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog which covers off another five things your CV can do without and start imagining all the extra space you'll free up to write about your impressive achievements!