Not everything looks good on a CV

May 8, 2018 | Curriculum Vitae | Christopher Arimont

What should you avoid?

Writing a CV can be more difficult than it seems at first. If there are points and information that should be highlighted, on the one hand, there are also things that are best left out.

For example, personal data (age, civil status, political or religious opinion etc.) is not absolutely necessary, unless it represents a decisive advantage for the position.

Spelling and grammar errors are an absolute taboo! They testify to negligence or, for some, even incompetence and can make an entire application appear untrustworthy. So you should read it twice (why not print it out?) or let someone else read it.

Hobbies are a point on which opinions differ sharply. On the one hand, they illustrate the personality of the candidate.Bbut on the other hand, they are often used as gap fillers. Again, only add them if there is a real benefit to the application.

Likewise, one should be honest about your competences, training, and experience. A lie or exaggerated embellishment is often easily verifiable and will harm the application.

Originality is good. Too much of it, however, is not (in most cases). What is desirable in a graphic artist is a disruption to a banker. Structure, font, and colours should be well thought out and not confusing.

In contrast to what we’ve been saying up to now in this article, negative terms should be avoided in a CV. A positive way of expression leaves a better aftertaste.

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