things you should leave off your CV

4 things you should leave off your CV

We all know that the CV is there to get an employer to sit up and take notice of your skills, experience and to set you aside as a potential new employee. Therefore, we all put serious time and effort into making our CV the best it can possibly be – but did you know that there at least 4 things that you should leave off your CV?

When it comes to our initial application for a job, the tendency to overwhelm the employer with too much information is so strong that a large number of candidates submit page after page that mainly goes unread.

So what exactly should you leave off your CV?

Responsibilities and duties
Although it common to give an overview of the duties and responsibilities you held in previous positions don’t waste valuable time listing every single item. Instead, employers are far more interested in your accomplishments and achievements during your time with your old employer so focus your attention on this.

Personal information disclosure
By law, you are only required to give the bare minimum of personal information on your CV to safeguard against discrimination. Therefore, giving all this information away at the start actually hinders employers when they are shortlisting candidates for an interview.
Of course you should include your name, address or general location (although this isn’t mandatory) and contact details – but employers really don’t need to know anything else.

Salary Expectations
Although there’s nothing wrong with giving a ball park figure, don’t state firm salary expectations. You could be selling yourself short or be requesting far more than the employer has in their budget for the role. Remember, many opportunities come with added perks so it’s best to discuss the package as a whole when the time is right.

Leave references for later
References are certainly one of the top things you should leave off your CV. By law, references are only sought once an offer of employment has been made and accepted. Think about it, how would your current employer feel if they received a reference request out of the blue and you hadn’t even been offered the job? I doubt you’d be very popular with your current boss should this occur.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.