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Things NOT to put on your CV for a Pharma Job

Posted on: 11 Dec 14
Things NOT to put on your CV for a Pharma Job

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Things NOT to put on your CV for a Pharma Job

So you've got your CV up to date, and filled with lots of juicy relevant experience and qualifications. Now it's time to think about some things you DON'T want to include...

Clichés
Remove any obvious Clichés like team player, innovative, results orientated. These are so over used that they mean nothing. Leave them out.

References
You don't need to say “references available on request”. It's not 1980 and you're not applying for your first job in a bank.

Old or irrelevant experience
Take out anything that's not relevant, or more than 10 years old - it only serves to clutter up your CV. Use the space to provide more recent / relevant experience and achievements.

Objectives
Your objective is to get a job, so there’s no point in saying that - Employers are not interested in what YOU want anyway. Think instead about what you will bring to the employer. A professional profile can be OK, as long as it's no more than a few words.

Responsible for
This is just fluff, and doesn't mean you were any good at your job. It makes you look average at best. Focus on achievements, or say nothing.

Qualitative words
Why say experienced? when you can say 10 years’ experience, it means so much more. Leave out dynamic, seasoned, creative, innovative etc. etc, unless you can quantify it.

Discriminatory Information
Employers have to be very careful not to discriminate, so leave off anything that could be argued might discriminate against you. i.e. age, gender, marital status, ethnicity, year of graduation etc.

Full Address
No employer is going to write to you. So just include your town. Then all you need is email address (make sure it’s a sensible one like Gmail) and mobile number. They don’t need anything else.

If you follow these tips, your CV will be a whole lot clearer and present you in a better light.

Mike Wood - Pharmiweb editor

Last updated on: 11/12/2014 11:46:52

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