Applying: Watch out for these 10 pitfalls in your resume!

You can only make a first impression once. Despite this wisdom, many people manage to immediately sideline themselves in an application procedure through their curriculum vitae. It’s a disaster to think that your dream job just eluded you because of that one mistake on your CV. Below we discuss a number of topics that can be very sensitive in a CV. Always try to have your CV read by someone else. Preferably by several people to get different opinions. From all this information we obtain from them, we can then tailor our CV to the job for which we are applying. Yes, you heard right! Depending on the job, we can place the emphasis in our CV differently. Of course, the basics are retained, but if we apply for a job as a bank clerk or for a job as a model, there is of course a significant difference.

10 thorny issues:

Whether or not to include a photo

Do we send a photo or not? The overall answer is short and sweet: No. You obviously want to be hired for your competencies and not for your beautiful photo. Of course, if you are looking for a job as a model or actor, for example, then you should definitely do that. But these are the exceptional examples.

Language errors

Nothing is more frustrating than language errors. The language errors in the previous sentence naturally immediately give you a very strange impression. But of course it also works that way when you use them in your CV. Such a beautiful DT error in your very first sentence will quickly ensure that your CV is immediately classified vertically. So run a spelling checker on your CV and also have it proofread for language errors.

Pimping your resume

Yes, of course you are a crisis manager within your sole proprietorship when things are going badly. But please, don’t overdo it. There is sometimes a lot of juggling on a CV, not only for work experience but also for diplomas. Some companies only request diplomas in practice later, that is common knowledge. But sooner or later a lie on your CV will come out… with only dire, far-reaching consequences afterwards. So don’t embellish your CV with all kinds of diplomas that you have not obtained. Even if it is only your thesis/final work that you have still not finished. Don’t say that you already have that diploma at that moment. So be correct, in your own interest!

Mentioning your skin color and/or sexual orientation.

Please don’t do this! Employers are of course not allowed to discriminate. This information is completely irrelevant, so don’t mention it.

Mention health problems.

So you really don’t have to do this. Unless you really have a serious disability and require extras due to functional limitations, it is best that you do this. But normally not.

Political preference?

No, not at all. People really don’t want to know who you will vote for next time.

Religion then?

Another topic that doesn’t need to be discussed at all.

Your criminal record…

As long as people don’t ask about it, don’t mention it on your resume. Government services and some companies usually request proof of good conduct and morals (Belgium) or a declaration of good conduct (Netherlands), which of course contains the necessary information.

Information about your family

Your marital status can, but does not have to, be stated. If you mention it, keep it sober and short. After all, people don’t need to know that your five children are called Jean, Jul, Jef, Jos, Jacques and that you met your wife at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Uninteresting experiences

Have you ever stood folding brochures at your association? Do not mention this as additional work experience. Everyone does this sometimes. And anyone can wrap presents. So don’t make your list of work experiences endlessly long with these little things. Include what is important in your resume. The expression “Less is more!” is certainly justified here. As you can see, there are still a lot of things that many people do not think about or they consider it self-evident to mention certain information that does not contribute to their candidacy at all. Some mistakes may even seem funny, but it is distressing to know how often these mistakes occur in reality. As a tip I can give everyone to take a critical look at their own CV from the point of view of the company people who will assess your CV. Be strict with yourself! Why would you hire a person with your resume? And why not? Adjust where necessary! Have others also carry out this check of your CV. This way you get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your own CV through feedback. This knowledge is also necessary for a possible job interview. Because your own CV is often taken as a starting point. As you can see, your CV is the most important document you will have to create. So make sure it’s in order! Good luck in advance!