Your CV is the first thing a potential employer will see when glancing over your resume. And first impressions are everything – they can land you a job. The problem is that many people put irrelevant, unnecessary items on their CV that simply doesn’t pique the interest of the potential employer.

So, your resume goes back to the bottom of the pile.

If you’re putting these 10 things on your resume, you need to delete them right now in an effort to boost your chances of being hired.

1. You Added Your Photo

I am sad to say this, but you need to know: the recruiter does not want to see your photo. One study showed that adding your photo reduced your chances of being interviewed because the employer will view you as not being serious.

2. Too Many Personal Details

Do you think you’re being hired because of your marital status or your beautiful children? Providing too many personal details is a big “no, no.”

3. Negative Wording

Negative wording doesn’t scream “hire me!” You need to rephrase negative facts to put a positive spin on them. Your employer doesn’t need to know that you had a bad GPA if you successfully completed your degree.

4. Providing a Non-Personal Email Address

Everyone has a “cute” email address when they’re younger. The issue is that your employer doesn’t want to see as your email address. Instead, create a professional email address.

5. Facebook and Twitter Profiles

Social media links are important in some fields, and irrelevant in others. A good rule of thumb is to only add in your LinkedIn profile (complete and professional of course), and disregard your other social profiles unless they’re professional.

6. Lying

There is a difference between not including information and lying. If you were to say “I helped program Minecraft” and you’re fresh out of college, you’d be telling a lie that could ruin your chances of landing a job.

7. Salary Expectations

Adding your salary to a CV can damage your chances of employment. You may price yourself outside of the employer’s budget or you may price yourself far below what the employer is willing to pay for your skillset.

8. Reasons for Leaving a Past Job

Many people dedicate paragraphs of their resume to the reasons why they left their last job. Honestly, the employer doesn’t care. If the employer does care, they will ask you during your interview.

9. References

The job posting may or may not mention references. If no references are mentioned, remove them from your CV. Why? Your references may be called even if you have a low chance of getting the job, and listing references takes up too much valuable space on your CV.

If your potential employer wants references from you, they will definitely ask.

10. Slang/Unprofessionalism

Slang is unprofessional – plain and simple. You’re applying for a job at a professional company, and adding slang to your CV will result in you losing many job opportunities. If you have a tendency to use slang or even abbreviate words, take the time to revise your CV immediately.

About the Author

Helen Evans, Marketing manager of, has been in the career development field for 5 years. She likes to share interesting tips to help people find their dream job. Her goal is to share what she has learned about searching job. Dream job is closer than you imagine!