15 Things That Should Never Be in Your CV [2]

Hiring managers receive an average of 75 CVs per position they post, according to So they don’t have the time or resources to review each one closely, and spend approximately six seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision.


If you want to pass that test, you need to have some solid qualifications — and the perfect CV to highlight them.

Here are 15 things you should never include:

6.  Your age:

If you don’t want to be discriminated against for a position because of your age, it’s time to remove your graduation date.

Another surprising way your CV could give away your age: double spaces after a period.

7. Inconsistent Formating:

The format of your CV is just as important as its content, says Amanda Augustine, a career-management expert.

She says the best format is the format that will make it easiest for the hiring manager to scan your résumé and still be able to pick out your key qualifications and career goals.

Once you pick a format, stick with it. If you write the day, month, and year for one date, then use that same format throughout the rest of the CV.

8. Present Tense For a Past Job:

Never describe past work experience using the present tense. Only your current job should be written in the present tense.

9. Any Unnecessary Obvious Words:

There is no reason to put the word “phone” in front of the actual number.

The same rule applies to email.

 10. A Less-than-Professional Address:

If you still use an old email address, like or, it’s time to pick a new one.

It only takes a minute or two, and it’s free.

to be continued…

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