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Ten Things That Never Belong on a CV

Matt Glodz
Ten Things That Never Belong on a CV

Be Sure to Remove These Elements From Your CV Immediately!

Before you submit your CV, review this list of ten things that should never appear on an executive CV.

While many of these points may seem obvious, you’d be surprised at what we often see on documents that come across our desk! 

Include any of these elements, and you place yourself at risk of being eliminated from the applicant pool.

1) Photo

We do not recommend including a photo on your CV if you are applying for jobs in the UK.

It can put some recruiters off, and those who are particularly curious about what you look like will hop on LinkedIn to find out (or even Facebook or Instagram – you never know!). 

2) Personal Details

If you're applying to jobs in the UK, you should not include personal details such as your:

  • Birthday
  • Religion
  • Marital Status
  • Driver's License
  • Passport

3) Unprofessional Email Address

We all have embarrassing email addresses from the '90s, but save these for your personal use.

Your email address should be simple and professional. 

Some version of FirstName.LastName@gmail.com will suffice.

AOL, Hotmail, MSN and Yahoo email addresses may raise questions about your tech-savviness, so we recommend avoiding them as well.

4) First-Person Writing

Your CV should be written in the third person.

This style is the conventional CV writing standard.

It will also cut down on the number of words you use, which is critical when you're trying to get the most value out of the limited space you have to work with.

5) Objective Statement

Objective statements on CVs are a thing of the past.

Your primary objective is to land an interview, and there are simply much better uses of space.

6) Graphics or Logos

You want to stand out from other applicants, but let your work experience and professionalism speak for themselves. 

We strongly recommend avoiding modern graphic CVs, symbols or logos.

7) References

You'll likely need to provide references at some stage during the interview process, but you shouldn't include them on your CV

You also don't need to state that "references are available upon request."

Recruiters will assume that you will be able to provide them when asked.

8) Irrelevant Interests

If you have personal interests that are relevant to your target position, you may consider mentioning them on your CV.

Otherwise, play it safe and leave them off: things you do outside the office are better left to be discussed during your interview.

9) Reasons for Leaving 

You should be able to provide a reasonable explanation for why you left each of your positions during an interview.

However, stick to your accomplishments and main responsibilities on your CV.

10) Salary Information

You never want to include your salary expectations or previous salaries. 

This information can be off-putting and even put you at a disadvantage during the salary negotiation process.


About CV Pilots

CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing, career coaching and outplacement firm. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

Here's how we can help you:

CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing: After a one-hour phone consultation, one of our expert writers will prepare your top-quality personal marketing materials from scratch. 

CV Content Review & CV Editing: A professional pair of eyes will look over your existing CV to catch any errors and advise on areas of improvement.

Career Transitions: A powerful combination of our document writing and career coaching services helps position you to secure a new role.

To learn more, book an introductory call here or email team@cvpilots.co.uk.

We're a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. All of our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have solid industry experience.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over eight years.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.



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