First Time Job Applicant? Here’s What Not To Send In With Your CV


You have just left school or you have been out of the job search so long you are no longer sure of the rules, well rest assured that your job application forms are very much relevant in this day and age. Although avenues for sourcing for talent may have changed, the likelihood of you getting in the door for an interview that will give you a shot at that dream job, still rests on the most part on your CV and other supporting documents. If everything is in order, you already have one foot in the door and are a step closer to making that money.

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Now there are ways to spice up the cooking pot, to make your talent even more upfront, but there is a chance of overdoing it and giving the recruiter far too much documentation that they just don’t care for. As you settle to send that email, attach your CV and depending on the instructions given, here are two things you could send in addition;

A Cover Letter:

Some recruiters will ask out-rightly for a cover letter, but some will not. In cases of uncertainty, you could add the cover letter as an attachment or go ahead and write it up in the body of the email.


Sample Portfolio:

This applies only to some type of industries like; writers, models, architects, hair stylists etc. and should be done as per instructions to that end. The key to remember in a portfolio submission is that quality is priced above quantity, so turn in only work you are especially proud of.

That being said, let’s get to the aim of this article and discuss the things that are not necessary to be included as secondary attachments to your CV. Although you may feel that they present a more complete picture of you, they are just not necessary at the stage of separating out candidates for interviews.


Yes you are extremely proud of the praise given to you by that mentor or former client, do not however add it on to your CV. If you want to present any of such details they should be done in your portfolio, the recruiter who is interested in hiring you will call the refrences supplied in your CV.

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Copies Of Qualifications:

Copies of degrees, diplomas or certificates of other courses are not required at this stage. Your CV contains your educational background which will suffice till you are shortlisted and your employer now requires verification.


We can’t decry how unnecessary this is, but we can tell you how much it can hurt your chances of getting the job. With a photograph where you do not priorly know the recruiters bias, you stand the risk of having your picture seen as anything from outdated to unprofessional. Let your skills and the information you provide paint a flattering picture of you in their head instead.

Your Results:

Only first job applicants would maybe need university marks on their CV. If you have been engaged in the industry for over 12 months, your academic results have lost practically all their relevance.

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You should also not bother with copies of National ID’s or drivers license, if you get a call back, your recruiter will then require them of you. Beyond all these general rules however, the key is to follow the instructions in the advert you are replying to. Provide anything you are asked for and do not shoot yourself in the foot by overlooking any specifics.

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