Do you know any unwanted details in a CV?

There are so many ideas and details that lead to what’s wrong with what’s acceptable and what isn’t on a resume. Protected features are one of them, as there are a few other details that can negatively impact your app, but not for the reasons you think!

We review hundreds of resumes every week, and some common topics come up frequently and we find ourselves advising you on which featured articles need to be removed.

But why should you delete them?

Let me explain ……

Age and birthday

Under the Equality Act 2020, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants in the job search process based on their age; he’s actually one of 9 parties protected against discrimination in the UK, and his CV is no place to show it. many reasons.

First, your ability to fulfill the role used / discussed is assessed, this is based on your experience, skills, abilities and knowledge, not your age. No employer should ask you for your date of birth or age, and if so, most employers would prefer not to have this information to verify 100% eligibility based on experience.

Second, for me the most important thing that you should not enter your age or date of birth is for your personal security against fraud; Your CV is uploaded, although job boards and rental sites are secure and GDPR / DPA compliant, you should still treat your CV as if it doesn’t exist. Age / date of birth is the only part of the data that scammers can collect from you, so please keep your personal information private.

Other details that don’t add value to your resume include:

Civil status

It does not apply to your future employer if you are married, single, divorced or living together, it does not affect your ability to fill the position you are applying for and has no place on your CV. You are also protected by the Equality Act of 2020 and do not have a place to stay in any part of the job search process.

Number of dependents

Also, it is not related to your ability to fill the position you are applying for and is not part of the process.


Unless requested or applied in a country which requires it as usual, it is not mandatory in the UK to add a picture to your CV and this may open the employer to anonymity in this process.

Your full address – city / region as location is sufficient for a CV

Your location is the key to both TTYs’ CVs and gives the tenant the ability to verify your location by role, but you don’t need to provide all the details; it also protects your online security.

To put it another way

Imagine if you could put your full name, full address, date of birth, and marital status on one document and it was in the wrong hands; always think “does this information apply to a CV?”


You should not leave any gaps in your CV, whether in your academic or professional schedule, but you do not need to include personal information about why you are not studying or working; If you’ve taken the time to care for a family member, surgery, recovery, or other “personal condition,” you don’t need to reveal the details. Mention that you took a perfectly acceptable work break for personal reasons, or enter details if you have ‘moved / raised a family / a house / a continuing education project’ etc.


The only place you need to provide details of your references is in the application form or in response to the assignment; even the display “References are available upon request” is not acceptable on a CV and in fact creates a negative keyword / phrase in relation to ATS.

Remember to use the space wisely in your CV

Don’t waste space with incompatible information

Don’t enter your personal information if it can hurt the wrong hands

Assess whether the information may lead to unintentional bias.

Keep information focused on experience / technology / skills / accomplishments / compliance

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