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Information you should NEVER include on your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and why

Providing too much personal information on your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not advisable since it may lead to identity theft, SAFERjobs has warned.

Your CV should be an overview of your basic personal details, employment/academic history, including any qualifications gained.

It is primarily used by employers to screen the suitability of a job seeker and match to a job role.

SAFERjobs warns that whilst you will want to sell yourself and impress future employers/recruiters, too much personal information may lead to identity theft, where fraudsters can obtain your details, steal your identity and spend your money, take out loans or buy goods in your name.

The organization recommends that your CV should be a maximum of two pages and should include your name, contact number, email address employment/academic history; qualifications gained where applicable and key skills/personal interests.

This may be tailored, dependent on the job role to change the emphasis of information included.

Since your CV is a summary, SAFERjobs says you should NEVER include the following information:

– Your Date of Birth
– Your Full Address
– Passport Number
– Driving Licence Number
– National Insurance Number
– Marital status and number of children
– Credit card or bank account numbers
– Weight and height
– Hair and eye colour

Employers are entitled to ask for other qualifications related to seeking employment. It is however not normal for them to ask for information unrelated to seeking employment.

Before you send your CV to an employer/recruiter, it is advisable to check to ensure that they are who they claim to be. This may help you to avoid identity theft.

You can verify the identity of an employer/recruiter by carrying out a simple check using Companies House, the internet, directory enquiries, etc.


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