Things to delete from your resume

Your Resume is you in absential, the content of your resume give the recruiter the view of your personalities and a promising expectations to what you can offer to the organization. therefore there are things not necessary and have to be deleted in your CV and also things lacking on your CV that need to be added..  All you need on your CV is your name, email address, phone number, the URL link of your LinkedIn profile, or work experience. Education qualification is necessary. Home address is optional! but residential address location is important in most cases if the employer requires to employ someone from the job location. date of birth might be needed as most job requirement specify age limit for job applications  

These are the thing to be deleted from your Resume

  • State of origin 
  • Local government area 
  • Religion 
  • Marital status
  • Wrong kind of Email address
  • Reference
  • Headshot or Picture

The listed above is not necessary in your CV except when applying for a state or Federal Government job or when the company specifically requests for these informations.

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Referees? Delete. Reference on request? Optional.  take them out completely. References are requested during or after employee on-boarding when successfully recruited for the job. Adding your gender on your Cv is important, not necessarily for gender role specification because there is no such thing as gender role, nowadays men and women occupy similar job position, gender specification is needed for profiling and to make it easer for recruiter to have idea of candidates coming for the interview.

However, it is easy for recruiter to indicate your age bracket when scrutinizing and analyzing the content of your CV, with details of your years of experience, roles and responsibilities and perhaps the date and duration of your academic history can give the recruiter an idea of your age.


Present Relatable Examples:   Once you have listed your skills, you need to briefly explain how each skill was developed and where the skills have been deployed in the past. You can also include outcomes or results. Remember STAR Technique? (Situation, Task, Action, Result).  Football Captain? Hostel Rep? Choir Leader? SUG or Departmental Rep? You can include these skills – Leadership, Communication skills, Planning and Organising Teamwork, Problem Solving, etc…  Shop Assistant or Sales Rep? You can also include Customer Service as a core skill…   

Highlight your ACHIEVEMENTS:   This is very important. Have you won any awards in the past? Did you introduce any innovative ideas in your school or department? Did you champion change in your voluntary role? Did you raise money for charity or for any communal cause?…..  You need to include these special achievements on your CV, since you lack work experience. These achievements will stand you out and make you a preferred candidate over hundreds other competitors.  You don’t have to write a 2-3-page CV when you lack experience or have just graduated.  What you can do is compete based on your SKILLS.  Review job descriptions and person specifications and adjust your CV to suit these.  

Some kind of email address give the employer or recruiter wrong impression about you, i have seen applicants using such email as ”,, this kind of email can put off the employer who might not have interest in looking at other content of your CV. is advisable to use your names to form the email you use for your job search application

To get an outstanding CV when you lack work Experience.  

  • Your main focus should be on your skills and achievement you have gotten and it has to be details on your CV
  • Your transferable/employability skills should be strategically highlighted.  Before doing that, you need to review the Job description of the role you are applying for and tailor your CV to suit the requirements.

Headshot or PictureDelete

Unless you’re a TV celebrity or your career requires a professional headshot, there is no reason why your resume should include a picture of you. Your photo will likely reveal your nationality, gender, or age. There’s no need to provide an employer with your picture until they’ve considered your application based solely on your qualifications. In fact, some recruiters have been known to automatically dismiss a candidate whose application includes a headshot because they don’t want to be accused of discrimination. Also, some recruiters see candidates who include headshots as egocentric at best and lacking sound judgment skills at worst.  

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2 Responses

  1. Clement Adejuwon says:

    Good day sir, i go through the content of your message, please is it possible i send by cv for proper review and work on it? Please get back to me.
    Clement Adejuwon

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