Many people are still adding excessive personal details to their CV. A phone number and email address are obviously critical if you’re expecting a recruiter to contact you. But there’s no need to be sharing your marital status, date of birth, nationality, gender and so on.
A recruiter should ignore these details anyway, due to anti-discrimination legislation. So put the space to better use by sharing more relevant information about your career, skills and achievements.
The details you should remove
If it’s been a few years since you last dusted off your CV, go through it with a fine tooth comb. Some of your jobs, qualifications, courses and skills will probably no longer be relevant to the next step in your career. So don’t be afraid to delete things you previously considered crucial.
If you’re a more seasoned professional, you only need to go into detail for the last 10 years of your career history. So summarise everything before this. Irrelevant courses and qualifications that you did a long time ago could also come off if they seem a bit outdated.
Ensure you tailor your CV for 2021
When you’re happy that your CV reflects the very best version of you, don’t stop there. Use this document as a master template, and tweak it to suit every job advert you apply for.
This will probably be as simple as a bit of rephrasing in the profile section; and a re-ordering of the bullet points in the professional experience section. You need to highlight immediately to the recruiter that what you’re offering aligns with the requirements stated in the advert.
There’s no need to rewrite the whole document; it’s just about making the right first impression with minor tweaks.
Bear these points in mind when writing your CV for 2021 and your New Year’s resolutions could be in the bag before the tinsel’s off the tree.
For more advice on perfecting your CV why don’t you check out how to write a personal profile for your CV?