We spoke to Jarrod Ruth, Business Development Manager and recruitment specialist, to find out what can be taken out of your CV and why. We also discussed the traps that many people fall into when applying for a graduate job.
People often write their entire address in their CV. This is unnecessary, and takes up valuable space. You also don't want to put it there for data protection reasons. You can state the first part of your postcode, like SE3 or E1, or put something like 'London' in, but the whole address doesn't add anything to your application. The ideal length of a CV is two sides, so you've got to remember just how important it is to use all the space wisely.
This is obvious but people still do it: take out any kind of false claims within your CV. Of course you want to impress, but anything that’s not true or doesn’t represent something you’ve achieved will be found out throughout the interview process. It's just not worth it and will ultimately have been a waste of yours and the employer's time when it is discovered.
Any unnecesary information should be culled. If you have had experience working in a bar and you're going for an IT internship, by all means put it in, but just put in two bullet points. If it's too long, you're going to go over the two page limit, and one of employers' pet hates is having 3-5 page CVs, especially if it's a graduate CV.
Employers do want to know you’re human. You can mention any sports activies or an acting class for example, but it really needs to be concise. One line is enough.
Some graduates fall into the trap of listing primary and secondary schools. Put your A-levels down but leave that to one space and really concentrate on your degree or Master's course; that’s what a lot of employers are looking at. Did you put together an event or do an experiment that went particularly well? Include those sorts of things and pull out examples of what you really enjoyed doing.
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Regarding what to actually put in your CV, you really just need to concentrate on what's going to get you that position by making sure you match up to the job specification. Employers may only glance at your CV for 30 seconds, so make sure you use it as a selling tool that isn't filled with unnecessary content.