||Job Hunting Tips #3
- Never Include These in Your CV
- Titles - Never use a heading like Resume or
Vitae, or Fact Sheet. Your name should be the first and most prominent item on the page.
Employers know its a resume, they've seen one before. Don't be redundant.
- Lies - A resume exploits your good points and
minimizes your bad points. Don't cross the line - What if the thing you lied about is the
main reason you were hired!
- Personal Info - Sex, age, height, weight,
marital status, race, hobbies, health, Religion, National Origin. No one should care about
these items, but in the UK they do, so just include the relevant.. If you do not you run
the risk of looking like you are just filling up space. Leave out the uneccessary.
- Photos - I like them for creative, on-line
resumes, but they are a no-no for a traditional hard copy resume unless you are a model or
- Salary Request - The time for this is at the
first or second interview, not on your resume. You could shoot too low or too high, and a
lot of times your pay is based to some extent on how you present yourself at the
- Fancy Trimmings - Binders, pictures, written
testimonials, references, availability, reason for leaving, past salaries, charts, graphs,
purple paper. All are bad. This is supposed to be a professional looking document.
Remember that its your abilities not the attachments that are supposed to attract
attention on your resume.
Words of Wisdom
Normal CV's are generally only one page long. However, for medical positions this ruling
is generally relaxed. Try to fill all pages with items that are appropriate for the job at
hand, and leave everything else out. Your resume should be as tightly focused as possible.
Expand on those things that the employer will find relevant and toss
everything else out.