What to Remove From Your CV to Stand Out in 2020

December is generally the most popular month for employees to receive a raise, promotion, or an end of year bonus. Usually the year-end has come to a close, with quarterly evaluations being revised.

Therefore, even if you aren’t planning to find a new job in 2020, January can still be the perfect time to update your CV due to your accomplishments being fresh in your mind.

We have found that while CV optimisation techniques are in abundance online. There is much less information on what details are no longer necessary to include on your CV in the modern day job market and recruitment process. Especially for those who graduated over 10 years ago, there may be a lot of tidying up to do!

Below are 4 things now considered to be irrelevant for many recruiters, reviewing CVs:

1. Going into too much detail about your University education.

If you have not recently graduated, your education section should be positioned towards the bottom of the page rather than at the top. As well, waffling about anything more than your electives or course programmes, which may be unnecessary. (This applies of course if you have not recently graduated).

Of course, if you graduated within the last 3 years; gained an distinction or were elected as Student Body President, it’s great to note this. However, reporting club memberships or extracurricular activities are somewhat questionable in their worth written down.


2. Including too many fellowships, prizes or internships.

(With exceptions): Again, here less is more. Unless your previous accomplishments are widely recognised or indeed relevant to the position you’re applying for, omit them from your resume. Similarly, unless you won a prestigious accolade in your area of scientific research, consider whether this is something that will really improve your CV. Remove anything that risks being a paragraph that a recruiter is likely to skim over without paying any attention to.


3. Stating any dates that could create assumptions about your age.

Nowadays it is common knowledge not to put your date of birth on your CV. While you can rest assured your potential employer won’t discriminate against you based on your age; you also don’t have to give them more information than required when it comes to how old you are, especially in 2020.

Remove any years or dates that you think may damage your chances of obtaining a position that doesn’t need as many years of experience as you have. Some recruiters make assumptions about details, such as salary requirements for a candidate that holds extensive experience, or vice versa. Furthermore, in certain sectors (such as online marketing) experience is only applicable if it is up-to-date, due to the ever-changing algorithms and new programmes that become available.


4. Name-dropping in the references section

If your recruiter is interested in your references by name, habitually this is something they will ask for after the initial interview stage. This is something which you, by law, don’t have to provide on your CV, especially if it’s for the sake of boasting about an executive you previously rubbed shoulders with.

Also, writing References available upon request is a line stating the obvious and takes up valuable space for your accomplishments that are really worth highlighting on your CV. References are usually mandatory as part of the hiring process, this will come up at a later stage.