5 Things You Don't Need To Mention In Your CV (Part 2 of 2)
Hello again! Thanks for popping back to check out part two of 'Things You Don't Need To Mention In Your CV'. We had so much to say about this, that we've had to break it into two parts. We could possibly make it three, as there are many times through the working week that we find ourselves saying 'why?' Why has this lovely person decided to mention this random tidbit of information, or this deeply personal slither of detail that is raising more questions than providing answers.
Picking up right where we left off with number six, here are five more things weighing your CV down! Feel free to cut, omit, and forget 'em!
What the heck! No, no, no. You don't need to put details of your marital/relationship status or how many children you have/don't have. Please don't include any of this information on your CV, as it is simply not relevant. If an employer asks these types of questions in an interview, and you don't feel comfortable answering, know that you're well within your rights to refuse to answer.
7. CLEAN DRIVERS LICENSE
If you're applying for a job where driving is involved, you 100% need to mention this. In all other instances, this is not relevant. Delete!
8. NON-TERTIARY SCHOOLING
If you're fresh out of high school/college and you don't have a whole lot of work experience under your belt, this one doesn't apply to you. That means anyone aged between 16 and 24 can keep information on their CV about their achievements, sporting involvement, and extracurricular activities during high school. However, if you've been out of high school/college for 6+ years, the time has come to say goodbye to all information relating to this phase of your education.
You'd think we shouldn't even have to say this, but alas, sometimes we do! There is never a good time to include details of your primary school or kindergarten, so this should always be left off.
9. JAIL TIME
This is a tricky one! If you've been incarcerated in the past, it can be tough to explain away a large gap (or gaps). Usually, an employer will ask for criminal history details at the application stage, so if you've filled out the form honestly and supplied your CV, that should suffice. Honesty is always the best policy in this regard, so we suggest being upfront with the employer. Phone to speak with HR or the hiring manager to let them know your situation and seek advice from each workplace individually. We have worked quite extensively with people who have a criminal record or have spent time in prison, so please reach out if you are in the same boat and could use a hand getting your CV sorted.
10. PANCAKE ART
Huh? Pancake art? Yes! Well, kinda. While we urge people to mention their extracurricular activities (within reason), when it comes to your education and training section, don't include irrelevant training courses you've completed if they have absolutely nothing to do with your career. For example, if you're a Management Accountant working in finance, you can leave out all the online courses you've completed relating to animation and life drawing. (However, you could still mention that animation is something you're trained with and spend time doing outside of work).
We hope you found this two part series helpful. We understand that spending your spare time to get your CV sorted for a job can be daunting, stressful, confusing, even downright boring! So if you have a question about what to include or leave out of your CV, do get in touch. If your question is one that we get often, stay tuned, as you might just see an entire blog dedicated to answering it.