What to remove from your CV/Resume

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We are often talking about the ways you should write a CV and what it should include, but what about the things you could remove? It can be hard to stick to the 2-page rule and people often reformat trying to fit all of the information on. So here are a few things that you should consider removing.

Over formatting:

Firstly, a big thing I see on a regular basis is over formatting. With the rise of automated systems this is a big mistake. We have been told for years that we need to put our personality in our CV and this to some people is making it look ‘nice’. The problem with this is using too many fonts or colours, or even a more abstract layout means that AI systems will not be able to read it properly, resulting in you not getting through the first stage of the process.

We recommend using the same font but using bold or larger headings and no more that 2 different colours. Avoid using too many text boxes or putting needed information into the header as this can be missed sometimes too.

Unnecessary detail:

This can be hard for people to see, especially if you are fresh out of university, you want people to know what you have worked on. First of all, the employer does not need to know each module you took, simply state your university, education and title, grade and then give a sentence or 2 about what you may have specialised in. In regard to what you specialised in it can be helpful to write about something that is more relevant to the job you are applying for.

With Work experience, if you currently have a job that is not in the same industry it is good to add this to your CV and discuss it in terms of transferable skills but if the job you are applying for is not customer facing then you don’t need to list using the till or merchandise displaying for example. Unless you can make it relevant, it doesn’t need to be there.

 

Photos:

This may be UK only, but it is not customary to include a picture of yourself, what you look like has no relevance to the job so it shouldn’t be needed on your CV.

 

Repetitive wording:

There are many resources like a thesaurus that can mix up the words you use in your CV. If you find yourself repeating the same word change some of the wording. Another tactic could be to use bullet points. It is becoming more common to use bullet points and it allows the reader to skim through your CV much more efficiently. For example: I was responsible for xyz I was also responsible for abc can be changed to; Key responsibilities, followed by bullet points.

Additional points

Spelling and Grammar: If you are unsure of a spelling or how to use a word then use a different one. This sounds obvious but for the sake of trying to make themselves look smarter or more professional, people choose words that are not usually in their vocabulary, and this can sometimes have the opposite effect. We also mostly have spell checkers on out computers so this can help but make sure it doesn’t autocorrect to an incorrect word, it’s always worth checking.

This takes me to the next point…

Use of Acronyms: If you are using acronyms think to yourself is this recognisable to the whole of the profession or just my current job and place of study. Also consider if this will be picked up by automated systems. If you are unsure, then use the full word or phrase. If you are going to mention it more than once use the words first the acronym it after.

 

THE BIGGEST POINT-

You should be tailoring your CV for each job. Some people say you should have around 7 different versions of your CV but to keep it simple there are a few tricks; start your CV with a short personal statement, this can be similar to one you use on Linked in. In this you can demonstrate your top skills, your goals and ambitions and the reason you are applying for the job. This means with each job you apply for; you can pick out some of the key words from the Job description, then apply them to yourself in this statement. Try and keep this concise and around 3 to 4 sentences.

Another way to address this by listing your experience differently. Start with your most relevant work experience with a good description and then list the rest chronologically, these can be followed by more brief overviews. That way employers see you have the right experience before they see the jobs that are less impactful.

Always read the job description properly and highlight a couple of key points you can demonstrate yourself; this will help not only in your CV but in interview too.  Avoid cliché statement and make sure that what you write can be followed up with an example.

I hope that this helps you in your job search but if you do need any further help or simply would like a small piece of advice then please do email us: Career@aerosociety.com