Things you must not include on your CV

Most of the things you must not include on your CV are already on our website. I will be sharing some insights about things you must not include in your CV. Do not waste space on your CV with the following items.


The purpose of your CV is to win interviews by selling your skills and experience to readers. At this stage of the recruitment process, nobody needs to know who your references are – and you certainly shouldn’t include another person’s contact details on a document which you are distributing online.

An employer can only ask to contact your references once they have made you a written offer, so be weary of anybody who asks for them earlier.

When writing your CV, it’s a good idea to start thinking about who you would like to use as a reference, and maybe even asking for their permission.

But never put reference names and contact details on your CV.

Secondly, the world has become terrible. Should your CV fall into the hand of fraudsters or kidnappers, it becomes an asset for evil deeds. If you love your referees, don’t put their names and contact details on your CV.


Unless you are an actor/actress, graphic design or model, you don’t need to include a photograph on your CV unless you are asked to do so. I think some European recruiters demand for pictures on CV but I don’t think it’s common.

Employers and recruiters make hiring decisions based on skills, knowledge and ability – they don’t hire staff based on what they look like.

Photographs waste valuable space on your CV, which would be better utilized with compelling content that will persuade people to hire you.


Skills graphs may look fancy, but they don’t provide any real scale of your abilities to readers.

Instead of using skills graphs – use numbers facts and figures to quantify your points – e.g. 3 years design experience. Skill graphs are only a waste of space.


Don’t be tempted to lie on your CV. Lies have a way of exposing itself over time.

Sometimes people may get away with it, but it’s really not worth the risk.

Diligent recruiters will fact check your claims, and if you get caught out lying, you will ruin your reputation, and they won’t be considering you for any future roles.

So stick to the truth in your CV.


If you have gaps in your employment, don’t try to hide them in your CV

Be up front and explain your career breaks in a positive fashion

Maybe you’ve had time out travelling, completing a personal project, or caring for a family member. Write a brief explanation of your break, and try to show some of the skills you’ve used and experience gained through it.

And don’t be embarrassed about having time out through illness – employers should not discriminate against you for it.


When writing your CV, be sure to open up with a persuasive introductory profile to grab the attention of recruiters and quickly demonstrate you have the skills they are looking for. Follow up with a core skills section to create a snapshot of your abilities, before detailing your work and impact in your roles.

Round up with your education, and only include hobbies if they are relevant to the roles you are applying for.

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The level of detail you include in your education will depend on your level of experience.

Junior candidates

If you are a junior candidate with little or no experience, then you will need to include plenty of detail in your education section.

Listing all of your qualifications from high school to University – and even detailing modules and projects undertaken where they are relevant to the jobs you are applying to.

Senior candidates

If you have lots of experience, employers will not be too interested in your education, so don’t take up much space with it.

Simply list your highest education (such as your degree) along with industry-specific qualifications that you may have picked up during your career.


It is interesting that most of us would think about our monetary investments and look for returns on those investments but we never look at investing time to better ourselves. Invest time in yourself and changing yourself for the better now at this moment and reap its return in the year to come. Take conscious efforts to revamp you CV and get quality certifications this year. Its true connections are real but they only work when synchronized with preparedness.  If not you, who? If not now when?

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