05 Things that should not be on your CV


After considering a fair amount of CVs, It comes to my attention that most numbers of CVs received are not up to the minimum standards. It does not contain information that the company/ or hiring person wants to know. So let’s talk about how not to write a CV

Curriculum Vitae is the first document which interviewer sees about the interviewee. In order to make a good first impression CV needs to be in the good standard.

1. Highlighting unnecessary information

It is really cool if you have won the best school actor award in 2006. It might really count if you are applying for a position in the similar industry, but I’m afraid it won’t add a weight in IT field.

This doesn’t mean that you should completely omit your achievements from your CV, but make sure to add only necessary and most suitable extra-curricular activities to your CV.

2. Stating oblivious/basic skills

It is not 1998 anymore, so stating the competency in Windows operating systems or Office packages would not make any sense to anyone.

3. Spelling mistakes

This probably might be the easiest thing to fix but the most ignorant thing done by a majority of people. Especially If you are applying for a position in Quality Assurance track, you should double-triple check your CV for mistakes (If not someone else will find it for you 😉

So always, ALWAYS do a proof read! You can easily do it by any word processing package.

4. Stating ‘not-so-related’ professional skills

You might have finished your ACCA (Accounting) or Marketing foundation level examinations or you may have done a course in quantity surveying in a reputed institute, but all of the above are completely unrelated to the applied position.

The bad side of having this on your CV is that person who is reading your CV might thing that you don’t have a defined career goal/career path or the understanding in IT and that may result in not short listing the CV for next round.

5. Competency Level

All above are very primitive and basic things, which can make a difference in the CV. It doesn’t take much effort/time to change the CV to support.

…….. and a Bonus point

Try to save CV by your name / or the position you’ve applied in PDF format rather sending it cv.pdf / cv1.pdf

Chamal.Perera.PDF or Chamal_Perera_QA_Engieer.pdf

Some job requirements expect you to send the CV in a certain format, If so please follow the given format.

Above 05 points will be helpful for you to make your CV shine from rest!!

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