April 30, 2014 at 10:38 am #33568Learnist CareersParticipant
The requirements of a CV changes frequently so it is important to know what you should and shouldn’t include in your CV and of course what legally you do not have to divulge in an application process.
The following are some of the tips that you should avoid using in your up to date CV.
7 Outdated CV Tips
Date of Birth
You no longer need to put your date of birth or age on your CV. Since the Employment Equality (Age) regulations of 2006 was introduced it is no more required to put these onto your CV. You can of course still put them on if you really want to but it is not necessary or required for your application process.
You also do not need to put your marital status on your CV. For many years these factors were important but during questions or an interview a recruiter cannot ask questions about your status. You may divulge this information if you wish but it is not necessary as it is not part of the recruitment process and does not directly impact on the job that you are applying for.
Make sure your CV is 1 A4 page
It was always a case of making sure that your CV fit onto an A4 page. It is not generally the case now. Of course the longer a CV is the less likely all the information is going to be read on it but of course experienced people have a lot of information they want to pass onto potential new employers and it is not possible to cram it all onto just one page. I would try to make sure that your CV fits 2 or maximum 3 pages with genuine information.
References available on request
Save the space on your CV from putting reference details or references available on request because these days it’s natural that if the application is going to be taken further then an employer will want to take up references and find out what past employers think about your work history.
Posting the CV
These days it’s rare to physically post a CV. Most applications are done online through company or recruiter websites or you can simply email your CV and covering letter direct to an employer.
You do not need to disclose what your current or past salary was on your CV or covering letter. This is no longer seen relevant to the application process as most companies have set their salary benchmark and know what level they are working to when employing someone new. You may be asked in an interview or on an application form but this is for general information purposes at this stage.
It’s not essential to put decorative touches on your CV to make it stand out. If you are a creative person then you may think that your CV needs this to match the industry but otherwise its best to keep the CV to clean looking and professional.
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