12 things your CV should NOT have

Your CV is your marketing brochure through which you try to sell a commodity, ie your skills to the potential buyer ie the prospective employer. The sole purpose of your CV is to fetch you an interview call. Nothing more, nothing less.

However, creating a CV isn’t as simple as just using flowery language and pretty fonts. There are certain things that put recruiters off and if you want to make a good impression, make sure you do not commit these mistakes in what is arguably the most valuable document of your job hunt.

While the rules listed are well-founded, they are not carved in stone. At times you will need to break the rules. If you want to add these things knowingly and purposefully to your CV we advise you to do that.

The points mentioned here are not listed in the order of priority; instead they are listed in the sequence in which they usually appear on a CV.

~Colorful or glossy paper and flashy fonts
Your CV is a formal, official document. Keep it simple.

~ Resume or CV at the top
Many people tend to add headings to their CV. The usual are CV, Curriculum Vitae and Resume. Do not do this.

~ Photographs until asked
Do not add your photo to the CV until you have been asked for it. Photographs are required only for certain types of positions like models, actors etc.

~ Usage of ‘I’, ‘My’, ‘He’, ‘She’
Do not use these in your CV. Many candidates write, ‘I worked as Team Leader for XYZ Company’ or ‘He was awarded Best Employee for the year 2007’. Instead use bullet points to list out your qualifications/ experience like: Team leader for XYZ Company from 2006-2007.

~ Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
Proofread your CV until you are confident that it doesn’t have any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. These are big put-offs for the recruiters. Moreover, sometimes these mistakes might land you in an embarrassing situation.

A candidate who submitted his CV without proofreading it committed the mistake of wrongly spelling ‘ask’ as ‘ass’. Now you can imagine the type of embarrassment he must have faced during the interview, when the interviewer pointed it out. These mistakes tend to convey a lazy and careless attitude to the interviewer.

~ Lies about your candidature
Do not lie about your past jobs or qualifications or anything which might have an impact on the job. You may be able to secure a job with these lies today but tomorrow you may lose it as well.

~ Abbreviations or jargon that is difficult to understand
People screening your resume usually belong to the HR department. If they do not understand what the abbreviations and jargon mean, they will simply dump your CV in the trash can. Avoid over-using such terms as far as possible.

~ Reasons for leaving last job
Leave these reasons to be discussed during the personal interview. For example, some candidates write: Reason for leaving the last job: Made redundant. Avoid making such statements in your CV, they add no value. Besides, if you do get an interview call, chances are the interviewer will address the issue.

~ Past failures or health problems
Mentioning these immediately slash your chances of getting an interview call.

For instance, you have a gap in your employment because you started your own business which did not do well. Some candidates might write — Reason for gap in employment: Started own business which failed. Do not do this type of injustice with your job hunt at this stage of writing the CV.

~ Current or expected salary
Leave it to be discussed while negotiating the salary.

~ Irrelevant details
Leave out the details like marital status, sex, passport number, number of kids, age of kids. These are usually irrelevant for most interviewers but at times could be used as a basis for discrimination.

~ References
Do not include them until asked. In fact, it is not even required to mention the line ‘Reference available on request’. If the recruiter requires a reference, he/she will ask you to bring it along for the interview.

Now that you have run through the list, take a fresh look at your CV and prune away unnecessary details and unaffordable blunders that could have cost you your dream job.

If you have questions, please ask below

23 Comments


  1. Bhagat Singh Rajawat says:

    This is a very good articles for freshers because they normally have no idea about what to include and what to leave in CV. The points mentioned are really important for a CV.

  2. Vijayendra kumar says:

    I’m software Engineere and needs the job in IT field.

  3. sandeep says:

    these tips helpes me a lot in modifing my resume……..thanx for the tips

  4. Dr Kishor Dhage says:

    On same page you have written that avoid title of resume as CV or Resume.. Then What Should be the Title ? Please Guide
    Thanks for ur tips.

  5. VARUN PANDEY, KANPUR says:

    ABSOLUTELY THESE WERE THE DRAWBACKS THAT COULD EASILY HELP YOU TO SEND YOUR RESUME TO THE THRASHBIN SO PLZ DO MINT IT

  6. Sushanta Das says:

    I am HR Manager, and want to change my present company.

  7. RATAN TORNE says:

    i want job in any bank for that want professional cv please help me because this is very good idea generated for us

  8. manohar v r says:

    Iam an SAP Consultant looking for a job in the same field

  9. Biswajit Ghosh says:

    I work in IBM Daksh voice process. If I want to join somewhere else, and if they ask me why would you like to leve you last company then what would be my answer. Give me such answer which is realiable for any further interview. That anybody can’t crossed me or over questioned me.

  10. Devendra Singh Naruka says:

    These tips guided me to correct my CV

  11. Amrendra Kumar says:

    I want a reputed post in a reputed institution.

  12. mayank says:

    its a more efficeint nd vry impressive tips
    it helps to make out from ny type of trouble…
    well done guys..

  13. kamlesh singh egral says:

    bhut badiya tips tha,,

  14. mounesh says:

    very nice…now i will modify my resume.. thanks for this article its very usefull

  15. SHRIDHAR N. PATIL says:

    This article helps to student to think more about the ideals alone mentioned in this article when they read this.. I advice to the readers of this article dont read simply like newspapers. Read it mentally….

  16. neha sharma says:

    thkz for the tips…. they are really helpfull

  17. shiva shanker says:

    hi im B.COM graduate i need job which suits my qualification

  18. manish dhamnodiya says:

    thanx a lot for nice tips

  19. Vineet Kumar Sachdeva says:

    I have just completed my B.Tech and i am looking for a job in IT Field.

  20. SHAILESH THAKUR says:

    I WILL CHANGE MY JOB. I HAVE EXPERIANCE IN ACCOUNT

  21. satya says:

    I have been forwarding my CV to the recruiters that contains lot of mistakes.These tips guided me a lot to correct my CV

  22. DINESH KUMAR BAIS says:

    MAI DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL ENGG. G.P.W. SE KAR CHUKA HU MUCHE ACCHE JOB KI TALASH HAI

  23. gajendra says:

    i want good job in reputed company can you help i am fresher in account, IT COMPUTER

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