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When you are writing your CV there will be some personal information that has traditionally been on it. However, with the advancement of the digital age, it can be intimidating to leave personal information. So, what is appropriate? We will be looking at contact details, career history and references.

Contact details

In the past people would have left their name, marriage status, phone number, mobile number, email and home address. Some of this is now information that is not needed. Your name is still needed, however if you wish to have your identity a little more secure, have only your first name. This means when you are contacted, the caller will know what to call you. But you will have control of who has your full name as they will need to ask you. Marriage status is now not needed and is often considered unprofessional to have it mentioned on your CV. It shouldn’t affect your ability to do your role and so does not need to be written down. With regards how to contact you, this is where it really comes down to personal preference.

Mobile number will always be preferred as it is a direct line to you. But being called at all hours can be irritating so we would recommend stipulating what times suit best to call on your CV. Email is handy, especially if after a successful conversation and you wish to see more written information. This reduces the chances of a recruiter taking down the wrong email. A landline number is usually used as a last resort, this is because we are usually unsure who is going to answer the phone. If it is not you who answers, we don’t know how much that person knows about you looking at new opportunities. Home address is also a potentially sticky one as many people would be uneasy with having no control of who has their address. One way around this is writing down the locations you are interested in working in.

Career History

In most industries it is not vitally important what companies you have worked for. If for whatever reason you didn’t want to write down the names of the companies you worked for, you will have to provide other information instead. You will need to state the division that you worked with, the location of the business and the rules and regulations the business operated under. These are the pieces of information the name of the companies you have worked with provide to a recruiter when they see certain names on your CV. By providing this information, you are making sure that you are not cast aside. But do be prepared to offer the names of the companies you worked with while talking with a recruiter about a specific job.


It can be tempting to just leave your references on your CV. So you don’t need to get that information when offered a role, don’t. Now, not only do you not know who now access to that information, but your references will be contacted (often without your knowledge). This can actually damage your relationship. This can be disastrous if you were relying on them to provide a good reference for a job offer. Simply write references available on request and you will then be able to provide references when you have been offered a role.

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