Your CV is such an important part of your job search process and can, if done right, get you off to a cracking start! We have written a great blog post on how to create the perfect CV, but what should you avoid at all costs? We take a look at the worst CV mistakes we have seen…


It is easy to fall into the trap of writing cliché after cliché – ‘Team player’ ‘Innovative go getter’ ‘Results focused people person’. This can sound like waffle to a prospective employer and tells them very little about what you are actually like as a person. Try instead to use descriptive phrases that you can qualify with examples of how you have demonstrated a certain skill or personality trait.


A CV with unexplained gaps in the work history or education can start to ring alarm bells for the employer. Make sure that you include all of your work experience so there are no gaps, and where there are gaps, for example if you have taken time out to start a family, do explain them clearly.

Too long

You may have a lot of information to include, but there is a limit on how much the employer will read! More than likely there will be a large number of CVs for them to sift through, so your CV needs to be precise and concise to make the right impression. As a general rule of thumb, we say to keep it to about two sides of A4.

No achievements

Listing your work history is great and very useful for the employer to see if you have the right experience to fit the role. However, do remember to include your achievements in each role too. This really highlights how you personally made an impact and ‘sells’ you as someone that can have a positive effect and achieves real results.

Style over substance

You may be a fan of a fancy font, but your CV is not the place to let your creative tendencies to run wild (unless you are going for a graphic/creative job, in which case, knock yourself out and go for it!). Fancy fonts and formatting are a real distraction and, after all, you need the focus to be on what you have to say.

If you need any further advice on what not to put on your CV, please get in touch with one of our team who will be happy to advise!