As we all know, there’s a lot of information that must be included on your CV, and if you don’t get it on there, then it could cause you to lose out on the job you really want. However, there’s certain information that, if you put it on your CV, could also mean missing out on a job that you want, or even getting to the interview process.
Unfortunately, most of these are down to discrimination (it’s not supposed to happen, but it does), and so it’s better not to include the information just in case. See below for 7 details you really should leave out of your CV.
- Your date of birth.
Here’s the first way you can be discriminated against – your age. People might decide you’re not suitable for the job simply by that one number. If you’re quite young, they might assume that you won’t have enough experience to be good at the job. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, then they might think that you’re not going to be innovative enough, or that you won’t be able to work as efficiently. They might even think that you could lack in technology skills. Obviously, these are all ludicrous assumptions, but people still make them, so make sure not to include this one.
- Your nationality.
Discrimination based on race is sadly still going on, and it can definitely happen within the job application process. If you include your nationality, place of birth or anything else relating to where you come from then the employer could decide that they don’t like you based solely on that fact. Never write your nationality on your CV (although I wouldn’t want to work for that person either).
- Your sexual preferences.
This one comes under discrimination as well (yes, there are still people out there that wouldn’t employ certain people because of their sexuality), but it’s also really irrelevant information to put on your CV. Does your sexuality affect your future job? Probably not. Do your colleagues and future employer need to know your sexual preferences? I doubt it. No need to write this one down – focus on your career experience and achievements instead.
- Your marital status and family life.
This is another one that employers could use to discriminate you, although you might not realise it. If you’ve got a spouse and kids, an employer could potentially see this as a possibility of having to leave work at short notice, or perhaps being able to come in because of a lack of childcare, and so on. Again, not fair, but it could happen. Don’t ever write your marital status or family life on your CV, and that includes your relationship, who you live with, whether you have children, or what your family aspirations are. It’s irrelevant (unless you’re going for a babysitting job and have lots of kids in your family) and so there’s no need to put it down.
- Your disabilities or health problems.
It’s been made illegal to discriminate against someone based on their health or disabilities, and now all companies should be able to facilitate a disabled colleague. However, there will still be one employer in a thousand who might choose to reject your CV on the basis that you’re registered disabled. They might not have a disability-friendly workspace, or they might come up with the unjustified claim that you wouldn’t be able to do the work as well (which is most cases is going to be completely false). You can choose to talk about this one at interview if you think it’s relevant or you need extra support, but you don’t need to mention it before then.
- Your criminal record and/or time in prison.
If there’s one thing that will potentially put an employer off, it’s a criminal record. If you’ve got a criminal record then you probably already know how hard it can be to find work with one. As with disabilities, this is something that will need to be mentioned at interview, or during a screening process, but it doesn’t need to be on your CV. By holding off on that information you’re at least giving yourself a chance to explain what went wrong and how you’ve changed and developed since then.
- Anything else that could put you in a negative light.
It’s important to remember that your CV is supposed to promote you, so think carefully about what information you provide. Some things might not seem negative, but they could turn out to be. For example, you might think that putting your favourite football team on your CV is a great idea. But what if the potential employer is a football fanatic who supports their rival team? Chances are, he’s not going to like what he’s seeing. When you’ve written your CV, look really carefully over it and take out anything that’s either not relevant or could be seen as negative. That way, you know that everything you’ve written down will only boost your chances of getting the job.
Just remember that most employers aren’t like this at all; there will always be one or two though. Keep the personal or potentially discriminatory information aside for now, and there’ll be no risk involved.