Things that Should not be in your CV

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By Michael Chimeremma Nwadialor

Times are changing fast and job application is taking a new tone, tune and turn. Recruitment styles, interviews and assessments are changing.

One element affected is the presentation of Resumes/CVs. Either it is written in docx or pdf, resumes are a principal part of your recruitment process as it presents your image in your absence.

The structure of a resume is important and its content matters more important to every potential employer. You are not the only fellow sending your CV for assessment and acceptance, hundreds or thousands are making the same application.

What is a CV without a name? Everyone knows this one element is very special and cannot be over emphasized. The following are other components to be considered when crafting a winning CV;


  1. Residential address: Detailed residential address is often added to one’s resume so that the potential employer knows the proximity to work of his or her candidate. Employers are highly likely to select the candidate whose address is a stone throw so you could just write either of your city or local government instead of your full residential address if you do not reside very close.

It would be wise of you to also state that you are quite available to relocate if need be. This shows the level of sacrifice that you are willing to make to work in the said organisation.

  1. Date of birth: A lot of people think that their date of birth is highly relevant. This assumption is solidly false. If it is stipulated as mandatory or is a government job, go ahead. If not, adding your date of birth to your resume is very unimportant.

Adding your date of birth might create an unwanted sentiment in the hearts of your potential employers (Who might be bias when it comes to age) and your age might turn or tune them off.

  1. Capacity and experience: They know you can work under pressure and you can multi-task (which is not a sign of efficiency). They know you are humble as well even before your CV reiterates that. The thing is, they want you to be honest by using your experience, no matter how small to narrate the impact you made, from wherever you were coming from to this new company you want to work for.

List a short litany of the skills and abilities you have and aptly state how you would use them to impact this new company if you get employed.

  1. Marital status: Some employers prefer married people because they strongly feel they are responsible men or women. While some feel or see marriage as a distraction and would love single fellows to take the job for the sake of focus.

So I strongly suggest unless it is a government job, do not add your marital status. The information can make or mar your opportunity.

  1. . Religion: A lot of forms for applications today have religion as part of the information needed in Nigeria. It isn’t supposed to be so. If it is a religious-centric Job and requires you to show your religion, kindly oblige If not, there is no reason for adding your religion to your Curriculum vitae.

    Truth is, adding your religion does not add any value to your CV and does not matter. What matters is what you can do with your brain, hands and intellect.

  2. . Review your CV: For your CV not to look tattered and therefore pose you as unrefined and incapable, you must check out for typographical errors. Typographical errors happen to anyone and everyone, it is therefore pertinent to review your document.

    Vetting before submitting them for applications might be stressful but very useful..

Your CV/Resume is a clear document that should present your best self to a prospective employer, therefore, anything that would hamper your success should be blatantly aided at all costs.

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