7 things to leave out of your CV

Here at RIG Healthcare, we are specialists in matching the best candidates with the best jobs. As we work in recruitment we see many CVs on a daily basis with many recurring errors.

Of course, there are some exceptions to these guidelines for example, when an employer specifically requests certain information.

We have taken the time to explain these common errors in order to assist you in making the next version of your CV the best one yet:

  1. 1.       White Lies

The purpose of a CV is to show your potential medical employers that you are the best candidate for the job, but honesty really is the best policy. Never list untruths that you won’t be able to support under further scrutiny.

  1. 2.       Meaningless words or statements

It is best to avoid ‘fluffy’ filler words and just get straight to the point. Your potential employer will be looking at several CV’s so it is important that your skills and talents are clear, concise, and can be found quickly, without having to wade through long sentences.

  1. 3.       Things that show you in a negative light

We will always support honesty as the best policy, however if there are low points in your career that aren’t directly related to the role you are applying for then it may be best to leave them out. Instead, find the positives in these situations. If there are any gaps in your CV, make sure you explain to your employees what you were doing (eg. travelling, job-seeking etc).

  1. 4.       Jobs you had at school

This supports the previous point – if it isn’t relevant – leave it out. As your medical career progresses, your employment from former years will become less significant. It may be wise in your first few jobs to add it in, however once you’ve had a couple of professional jobs it would be wise to focus on them.

  1. 5.       Unprofessional email addresses

Bizarre email addresses are not appropriate for your professional CV. It is best to have an email address with either your full name or an abbreviation such as JSmith to retain your professional image.

  1. 6.       Personal details

Personal details such as your marital status, details of children, religious beliefs, political beliefs, height, weight, race or photographs do not need to be included on your CV. These are all details that should not affect your professionally.

  1. 7.       Spelling errors

Finally, spelling errors are one of the most common things on CVs. If you have spell-checked your CV, it may be wise to ask another individual just to do the same for your peace of mind.

If you need help or advice with your medical CV please contact us, we’d be happy to help.


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