What personal details should be on my CV?

It may seem an obvious thing to say, but the ‘Personal Details’ section of your CV is your first opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer. Get the basics wrong at this stage and you can wave goodbye to the chances of getting an interview.

Here is a guideline to what personal information you should and shouldn’t include in your CV, and how to ensure that you do not fall victim to discrimination about your age, sex, religion or nationality.

Your name

Write your name bigger than the rest of your CV to make it stand out.

Marital status and family

You don’t have to include details about your marital status or information about whether you have a family or not. However, if you think your status will make your application become more attractive it’s up to you if you mention this or not. For example being single might make unsociable working hours more feasible, whereas having a family may mean you’re in a more stable situation and likely to be loyal to the company.

The employer is forbidden from making a decision based on these factors by the Sex Discrimination Act, but there’s now harm in putting yourself in a positive light.

Date of birth

You may include your birth date if you wish. However, it is no longer necessary since the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 made 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 need this information, your don’t need to include your nationality.

Contact details

Simple logic applies here – don’t include your work phone number, fax number or email address. Use your own personal email address or create a new account specifically for your job search, especially if your current email address is something like foxybabe@webaddress.com.

Be sure to add the phone number that will make it easier for potential recruiters or agencies to contact you, most likely your mobile phone. And double check you’ve got the right number on there!

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

Other information

If the job you’re after requires you to drive then you will probably want to assure them about your clean driving license.