CV Writing For Dummies - The Details you should emit

Many candidates tend to add unnecessary details to the CV. Some think that the details make you stand out among the other applicants. Others think that the details may be needed by the recruiters to handle your application. Whatever the reason you find to include those unnecessary details - the CV is not the best place to provide them and I advise you to emit them from your CV.

You should think about your privacy. You should remember that you do not have control over who sees your CV - while some of the details can not harm you, other details are sensitive.

Social Security number (SSN) or ID number

Do not provide your Social Security number (SSN) or ID number in the CV. If the recruiter needs them for any reason such as to catalog you in the recruiter's manpower system or to check your security classification level, they should contact you, explain why the number is needed, and let you decide whether to provide them or not.

Dwelling place/Full Address

Do not provide your dwelling place. Why does the recruiter need to know your full address when reading your CV? If you decide to apply for the position - you should understand the implications of what is required from you to work in this position. It is your decision, not the recruiter's decision whether it works for you.

In other words, if the company's offices are far from your dwelling place, you should take into account when applying that you will spend a substantial of your day on the way to work.

However, If you are considering or intending to change your place of residence based on the job you find and to move closer to the company offices - your current dwelling place is not relevant anyway.

Some think that their dwelling place makes them stand out among the other applicants for some reason. Some say that a closer dwelling place is an advantage while others think that their dwelling place says good things about them. However, I believe that many recruiters do not give an advantage to applicants based on dwelling place.

Even if you decide to provide your dwelling place for the above reasons, There is no need to provide your full address at street level or building number - Your city, your district, or your state is enough.

Age / Date of Birth

Do not provide your age or date of birth.
Why it is important to the recruiter to know what is your age?

You should be aware that specifying your age, year of birth or full date of birth can create bias or lead to discrimination (even if unconscious or unintentional) based on age. In other words, some recruiters may say you are too younger or too older for this position.

Some of you may say that the recruiter can deduce roughly your age based on the year you graduated, your first work, or the frameworks and programming languages you worked with. Nonetheless, do not explicitly write your age. You should make the life of recruiters who discriminates based on age harder, not easier.

Even if you decide to provide this detail for some reason, There is no need to provide your date of birth. Also do not write your age as it changes over the years. Your birth date is enough.


Do not add your photo to your CV.

As with specifying your age, attaching your image may act against you. You should be aware that your photo leads to discrimination or can create a bias (even if unconscious or unintentional). In other words, Some recruiters may find you are not suitable for the position only based on your appearance. Some prefer a man, while others prefer a woman. Some have prejudices about your skin color or your ethnicity, Others will not like your haircut, tattoo, or nose ring.

If you decide that the recruiter needs to see your photo for some reason before the interview, You can provide it via your LinkedIn profile. Remember to allow users who are not in your network to see your profile image. Please provide a clear and good photo. It is also better to ask your friends and colleagues what they feel about it.