3 Things Your CV Doesn’t Need

Keep it neat. Keep it simple.

When writing up your CV it can be difficult to know what to throw out and what to leave behind. You almost have to put yourself in the shoes of your potential employer. But that can be difficult, and it still doesn’t help you figure out what’s going to get your CV thrown in the trash. Luckily, we’ve listed a few things that your CV would do better without.

Salary History
Your salary is something that only needs to be, and should be, discussed once you know you’ve got the job. And even then, it’s often better to wait for the employer to bring it up.
Listing your salary history isn’t necessary and it can often do more harm than good. Discussing salary can be an arduous process of negotiating and putting your previous monthly payments down on paper for a potential employer to see straight from the get go can put you in a significant disadvantage.

References
Instead of wasting space with references, it’s better to create a separate document with your references and contact details so if a potential employer were to ask for them you already have them on hand. But, having them on your CV can also mean that they can check your references before you even know if you want the job or not. Because going to the interview is as much a learning experience for you as it is for the interviewer.

Political/Religious Affiliations
Unless it’s special circumstances, you should avoid listing your political and religious affiliations at all costs. You don’t want an employer to reject, or accept, you for being affiliated with a certain group or party. You want to be chosen for your skills and expertise. Including your political and religious views can only take up space and they’re rather unnecessary.

These few things can do more harm to you CV than they could ever do any good. So leaving them out is often your best bet to help you get that call back and hopefully an interview.

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3 Things Your CV Doesn’t Need

When writing up your CV it can be difficult to know what to throw out and what to leave behind. You almost have to put yourself in the shoes of your potential employer. But that can be difficult, and it still doesn’t help you figure out what’s going to get your CV thrown in the trash. Luckily, we’ve listed a few things that your CV would do better without.

Salary History
Your salary is something that only needs to be, and should be, discussed once you know you’ve got the job. And even then, it’s often better to wait for the employer to bring it up.
Listing your salary history isn’t necessary and it can often do more harm than good. Discussing salary can be an arduous process of negotiating and putting your previous monthly payments down on paper for a potential employer to see straight from the get go can put you in a significant disadvantage.

References
Instead of wasting space with references, it’s better to create a separate document with your references and contact details so if a potential employer were to ask for them you already have them on hand. But, having them on your CV can also mean that they can check your references before you even know if you want the job or not. Because going to the interview is as much a learning experience for you as it is for the interviewer.

Political/Religious Affiliations
Unless it’s special circumstances, you should avoid listing your political and religious affiliations at all costs. You don’t want an employer to reject, or accept, you for being affiliated with a certain group or party. You want to be chosen for your skills and expertise. Including your political and religious views can only take up space and they’re rather unnecessary.

These few things can do more harm to you CV than they could ever do any good. So leaving them out is often your best bet to help you get that call back and hopefully an interview.

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