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What personal details should be on my CV?

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

With all the current talk and fears surrounding our personal data following the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) last month, we have been thinking about how candidates present their CVs and what personal details they should and shouldn’t include.

Traditionally, our CVs have contained everything from marital status, favourite hobbies, date of birth and home address to our nationality, but is all this strictly necessary? Is it still appropriate to have all this personal information floating about job boards, recruitment agency databases and corporate websites?

So what personal details do you need to include?

Your name
Let’s start with the obvious! Write your name in a larger or bolder font than the rest of your CV to make it stand out. Middle names are optional but don’t be tempted to include a nickname!

Marital status
You don’t have to include details about your marital status or information about whether you have a family or not. However, you can if you think your status will make your application become more attractive.If you are applying for a job in a school, it might be appropriate to share that you have school aged children of your own. Employers are forbidden from making a decision based on these factors by the Equality Act so it really is up to your own discretion.

Date of birth
Again, this is not necessary, you may include your birth date if you wish – the Equality Act of 2010 makes age discrimination illegal in the recruitment process. If you’re having issues getting interviews, try removing it from your CV to see if it has a positive impact.

Nationality
With the exception of government positions, which may require this information, your nationality should be omitted. The above act also prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, or nationality (including citizenship, ethnicity or national origin).

As long as you are either a native to the country in which you are applying or can provide a suitable working visa, there is no need to tell them where you are from unless you think it is a benefit to your application. If you’re applying for a job where speaking Spanish would be an advantage and you’re half Spanish…

Contact details
Simple logic applies here – don’t include your work phone number or email address. Use your own personal email address or create a new account specifically for your job search. Make sure you include your mobile phone number on your CV and make sure you type it correctly!

If you’re worried about getting calls while you’re at work, you may wish to put some times on there when it’s better for you to be contacted.

Any other information?
Use your common sense here. If the job you’re after requires you to drive then you will probably want to assure them about your clean driving licence. If you are going for a finance role, be sure to list any relevant qualifications and skills pertinent to the role.

Whether you include these personal details at the start or end of your CV is up to you. Just make them easy to find.