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.

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 it has become so rare that, if you were to include it, you’d raise eyebrows of most recruiters and hiring managers.

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For that reason alone, if you’re on the fence about it, I’d recommend that you leave it out.

(Related Article: How To Write A Standout Resume).

Other Items To Exclude From Your Resume.

By the way, you can – and 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.

(Related Article: Ultimate List Of Resume Mistakes).

Make Every Word Count.

To ensure that your resume is a masterpiece which positions you as the winning candidate, consider using my resume writing services. If you’re in Sydney, go here and if you’re in Melbourne, go here.

Alternatively, you can learn from one of my many guides to resume writing:

What About Applying For Jobs Overseas?

Before I sign off today, I’d like to impart one more piece of information on the topic of including the date of birth on resumes.

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 USA and UK.

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

That said; I’m not an expert on best practices and laws in the rest of the world.

So if you’re applying for jobs elsewhere, please conduct your own research to ensure that your application fits the required criteria.

Best of luck in your job search.

 

– Irene

 

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