CVs used to be long, boring documents that contained all sort of information. From your nationality, date of birth, and marital status to your high school achievements and hobbies. Over time, as the population grew, the number of jobs grew, and also the number of applicants. This led to a major change in CV writing: some details are no longer required on a CV.
Fast forward into the modern age, some details not only are not required, but if the employer asks about them, it can be seen as discrimination!
So, let’s look into the details which are not required on a CV and which can, unfortunately, still be seen.
Unless you are an actor, a TV personality or a model, you do not need to have a photograph on your CV.
Employers really shouldn’t be asking for photographs of candidates and if they do – research them thoroughly. Maybe something is off and there’s a reason why they’re still looking for a worker!
To conclude, your photograph is not going to tell the reader whether you’re qualified for the job. That is why it is considered a detail which is not required on your CV.
Marital Status & Family
No one has the right to ask you about your marital status or the number of dependents. There is absolutely no reason why someone should know if you are single, in a relationship, or divorced. Or how many kids you have or if you plan having kids. That has nothing to do with your career path, performance nor motivation for the role.
Therefore, you do not have to disclose it on your CV.
Date of Birth & Nationality
Similarly to the reasoning behind the marital status & family, your age and nationality have nothing to do with your suitability for the role. Truthfully, the only exception here when it comes to nationality are roles that have to do with governments (be it national or local level).
For this reason, do not include your DOB nor nationality in your CV – those details are not required.
Personal Interests & Hobbies
Areas of personal interests and hobbies are definitely details which are not required on a CV! There’s a simple logic behind this: the reader is only interested in your suitability for the role at this point. And they can’t read your suitability if you share that you like going to the gym and looking at the stars.
So, that being said, you do not need to disclose your personal interests & hobbies in your CV.
Cover letter is much more fit for the purpose.
However, bear in mind this can only be done if your hobby is like a freelancing gig that’s related to what you want to do next. For example, let’s say you’re a software engineer who manages their friends’ websites in your spare time. You can mention that in your cover letter. But if you’re an accountant who plays football in their spare time, this is not worth mentioning in your cover letter.
Any type of awards or achievements that happened during your education shouldn’t be on your CV. The only exception would be if you just graduated and you had nothing else to share with the world….
Still, if you do decide to talk about achievements, make sure they are real achievements, and not something that you’re proud of personally, but no one else understands.
This is maybe not in the same category as the rest of the list, but references are definitely details which are not required on your CV.
Why? Because you’re sharing contact information with tens of recruiters (depending on how many applications you send), and they don’t need it. You’re just at the beginning of your job search, no one is going to call your former manager and ask about you at this stage. References should be shared when asked for, not before.
The Purpose of Your CV
Lastly, don’t forget that the purpose of your CV is to land you a job interview. As a consequence, you do not need to include any information that is not going to help your purpose. Depending on your situation, this includes irrelevant job positions and courses you’ve took and which have nothing in common with your area of professional interest. Therefore, it is extremely important you keep it clean and give the reader exactly what they need to know.
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