CV Writing For Dummies - 4 Details you should emit

This article is part 2 of the series CV Writing For Dummies

Many candidates tend to add unnecessary details to the CV. Some think that the details make you stand out among the other applicants. Others believe that the recruiters may need the details to handle their application. Whatever the reason you find to include 4 unnecessary details – the CV is not the best place to provide them, and I advise you to emit them from your CV.

Do not provide SSN or ID in your CV

Why does the recruiter need to know your Social Security number (SSN) or ID number when reading your CV? Some candidates believe that the recruiter needs them for some reason, such as to catalog you in the recruiter’s human resources system or to check your security classification level. However, even in those cases, the recruiters should contact you, explain why the number is needed, and let you decide whether to provide them or not.

Do not provide Dwelling place/Address in your CV

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 consider or intend to change your place of residence based on the job you find and 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 advantageous, 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 give your full address at street level or building number – Your city, your district, or your state is enough.

Do not provide Age or Date of Birth in CV

Why is it important to the recruiter to know what your age is?

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 develop in the past. Nonetheless, do not explicitly write your age. It would be best if you made the lives of recruiters who discriminate 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, please do not write your age as it changes over the years. Your birth date is enough.

Do not Provide Photo in 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 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 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.


While, you should provide your name, phone and email, You should emit your SSN/ID, your dwelling place/full address, your age/date of birth and your photo.

As we see,Adding those detail can create bias or lead to discrimination. Also, you should think about your privacy. It would be best if you remembered that you do not have control over who sees your CV – while some of the details can not harm you, other details are sensitive.

For more details how to specify your essential details, read How to specify your name, phone and email in your CV