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!!

1 comment

  1. Chamal,
    The thing with CVs is that just as all jobs are different, so must CVs be. In particular, you talk about not putting down details of non-IT professional experience. I disagree; showing a range of professional skills demonstrates your ability to adapt, to change direction, and also that you might bring specialist skills to a role that others cannot.

    Of course, this depends on what the role you are applying for actually is. If you are applying for a role in a general software house, specialist professional skills will not be so important and they should be made less prominent on your CV – a line or so in a section on “Other skills and experience” on the last page will probably be enough. But if you are applying for a role in a specialist software house, or in a company whose core business is itself a specialism that you know about that happens to do in-house systems development, your experience may be important, and indeed may be the clincher.

    When I was applying for jobs, I had a number of CVs that focussed on different skills and experience. I would adapt these for different roles I was applying for. The best and most relevant skills were always at the top, though I also had a couple of things as unique selling features – things I’d done that I suspected very few, if any, other candidates could claim. These appeared fairly high up so that prospective employers could get a good idea of my skills and qualities on top of my testing abilities.

    A lot will depend on the job market in your area. But tailoring your CV to the employer and their needs is always a good move, and if that means that you have a professional skill that is relevant to one employer but not another, then put it in your CV for that employer. If you have special skills, then someone, somewhere, will want those skills in addition to the testing skills you share with other candidates. And for them to know about them, they will have to appear in your CV.

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