Resumes: When to Include Personal Data
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resumes do not include personal data such as date of birth,
sex, religious affiliation, race, or social security numbers.
The only exception to the last entry, social security numbers,
would be when applying to the federal government for a position.
Then, and only then, social security numbers should
be listed on a resume.
However, the rules change when you are
submitting your resume to overseas employers.
Although each country has a different
set of requirements regarding which pieces of personal information
they most want to see, generally most will ask for the following:
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Personal data such as hobbies or activities
Because the modern resume is
a business and marketing tool, it’s best to keep personal
interests and hobbies for the interview process as a way
to “break the ice.”
This is especially true if your activities involve
some perceived risk or danger.
A candidate who is otherwise qualified for a management
position might have his resume passed over if he “runs the
rapids” on the weekends or participates in a parachuting
with risk aren’t the only ones to caution against.
A candidate who collects rare coins -- an expensive
hobby -- may have her resume passed over by a hiring manager
for a position that involves controlling a company’s funds.
hiring managers want to know what you can do for their company
in terms of boosting profits or reducing expenses.
What you do on your own time is best kept off a resume.
and until, you are asked to interview for a position, references
should not be provided to a prospective employer.
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