Top Things To Avoid Putting On Your CV

When we're creating or amending our CV's, we always want to make sure that it's in the best condition possible. There is always a temptation to include every single achievement that we have accomplished. However, not all things are necessary, or should be put on our CV. This article is to outline the things that you shouldn't put on your CV. Although there are things which you shouldn't have on your CV, there are also some key factors that your CV should consist of. Your CV should have: 

  • Contact details 
  • Education 
  • Work Experience 
  • Skills and Strengths
  • References


Honesty, you may be thinking, doesn't have its own section on a CV, however in a bid  to impress employers, candidates will feel tempted to exaggerate qualifications or work experience which isn't all truthful. That can cause a problem down the line, because you will be expected to perform something which you don't know how to do. Now we've outlined what should be on a CV, lets now look at what shouldn't be on your CV. 

Irrelevant Job Experience 

When sending a your CV in for a job, ideally you want to format the CV so that it is relevant to the job that you are applying. If you have work experience on your CV which isn't relevant, the employer is likely to ignore your CV, so it is important to keep the experience relevant, based on the job that you are applying for. 

Private Information 

Your CV should simply state your experience, skills and how you are suitable for that role. You will want to avoid putting private or sensitive information on your CV as it will not be relevant. Some applications may require you to provide information such as sexual orientation or religion. You do not need to state it on your CV. It should be straight to the point. 

Bad Grammar

Bad grammar is an instant put off for employers. Your CV is meant to represent you before the employer gets the chance to have a meeting if necessary. Having bad grammar on your CV will come across as being careless, not spending time looking over your CV before submitting. Try to avoid doing this, it could be a little mistake which could cause you to miss out on a big opportunity! This also includes avoiding using Jargon or inappropriate language. 

Unprofessional Formatting
You want to make sure that your CV looks professional, not like a kids coloring book. This will mean leaving out any unnecessary formatting techniques; Make sure it is structured with font which is easy to read. 


Don't mistake your CV for a social media account. You want to keep your CV professional, so try not to include unnecessary content such as photos and videos on your CV. 


Negative energy should be nowhere near your CV. Your CV is an advert; you want to send a message across of positivity and confidence. Any signs of negativity or weakness will come across as if you are not confident in your ability. 

Too much information 

One of the most common problems people face while working on their CV is that they try to include too much information. Ideally, you want your CV to be one or two pages maximum. The longer it is, the more likely that employers are likely to skip past it. Employers do not spend much time looking at CV’s, so try to keep it short and sweet. Only include information that needs to be on your CV. 

Our CV’s represent us, so it is important that before submitting our CV’s to a potential employer, we analyse it to make sure that we are including the correct information. Interviews can be difficult to come by, considering the demand for jobs. Let’s try not to dent our chances by making a mistake which could easily be avoided.