1. Irrelevant work experience
Yes, you might have been the “master of making lattes” at the cafe you worked for in during your school years. But unless you are planning on redeeming that title, it is time to get rid of all that clutter.
But as the career expert Alyssa Gelbard points out: “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.”
2. Personal stuff
Don’t include your marital status, religious preference, or Social Security number (if you’re applying for a job in America).
This might have been the standard in the past, but this information is now illegal or highly discouraged for your employer to ask from you, so there’s no need to include it.
3. Your hobbies
If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time.
4. Blatant lies
A CareerBuilder survey asked 2,000 hiring managers for memorable CV mistakes, and blatant lies were a popular choice. One candidate claimed to be the former CEO of the company to which he was applying, another claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner, and one more claimed he attended a college that didn’t exist.
Rosemary Haefner, chief human-resources officer at CareerBuilder, says these lies may be “misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 100 per cent of the qualifications specified in the job posting.”
But Haefner says candidates should concentrate on the skills they can offer, rather than the skills they can’t offer.
“Hiring managers are more forgiving than job seekers may think,” she explains. “About 42 per cent of employers surveyed said they would consider a candidate who met only three out of five key qualifications for a specific role.”