Should You Include Your Date Of Birth On Your Resume?

Most people get this wrong.

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In recent past including your date of birth on your resume was a common practice. Today, the situation is somewhat different. Make sure you're familiar with the nuances.

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A few years ago it was common practice to include your date of birth on your resume. It was usually grouped together with your name, address and contact details.

Fast forward to today and employers are legally forbidden from requesting this information from you. It means your date of birth can be safely omitted from your resume.

In fact, the practice of including your date of birth has become so rare that, if you were to include it, you’d raise eyebrows of recruiters and hiring managers – and not necessarily in a good way.

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For now, let me clarify what you should include on your resume instead of your date of birth.

A modern Australian resume should only contain your phone number and email address in its contact section, like this:

include date of birth on resume

What If You’re Applying For Jobs Overseas?

If you’re applying for jobs outside Australia, keep in mind that anti-discrimination laws which prevent employers from requesting your date of birth are also in place in the USA and UK.

There’s no need to include your date of birth if you’re applying for roles in those countries.

I’m not an expert on best resume writing practices and laws beyond these three countries; if you’re applying for jobs beyond Australia, UK and USA, please conduct your own research to ensure that your application fits the required criteria.

(Related Article: Should You Include References On Your Resume?)

Other Items To Exclude From Your Resume.

By the way, you should also omit the following details from your resume:

  • Age.
  • Marital status.
  • Religion.
  • Nationality.
  • Political leanings.
  • Photograph (and you do have a professional photograph on your LinkedIn profile – right?).

At worst, this information will be used to discriminate against you (sadly, the presence of laws does not always stop the forbidden actions).

At best, it will undermine your chances of getting an interview by wasting the valuable real estate on your resume.

Remember – every word on your resume must serve the purpose of selling you to potential employers.

Best of luck in your job search.

– Irene

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