15 Things That Should Never Be in Your CV [3]

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:

11. Your Current Business Contact Info:

This is not only dangerous; it’s stupid. Do you really want employers calling you at work? How are you going to handle that? Oh, and by the way, your current employer can monitor your emails and phone calls. So if you’re not in the mood to get fired, or potentially charged with theft of services (really), then leave the business info off.

12. Your Boss’ Name:

Don’t include your boss’ name on your résumé, unless you’re OK with your potential employer contacting him or her. Even then, the only reason your boss’ name should be on your résumé is if the person is someone noteworthy, and if it would be really impressive.

13. More Than 15 Years of Experience:

When you start including jobs from before 2000, you start to lose the hiring manager’s interest.Your most relevant experience should be from the past 15 years, so hiring managers only need to see that.

On the same note, never include dates on education and certifications that are older than 15 years.

14. Salary Information:

Some people include past hourly rates for jobs they held in college. This information is completely unnecessary and may send the wrong message.

You also shouldn’t address your desired salary in a CV. This document is intended to showcase your professional experience and skills. Salary comes later in the interview process.

15. Fancy Fonts:

Curly-tailed fonts are also a turn-off. People try to make their CV look classier with a fancy font, but studies show they are harder to read and the recruiter absorbs less about you.

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