Your Resume/CV is your own personal sales brochure. You are not obliged to include every last detail about yourself. In fact, it is incumbent on you to omit negative information – after all the Resume/CV should be kept brief and to the point!

Items that should be omitted as a matter of course include:

Photographs – the only people who need to include these are models, actors, actresses and possibly air cabin crew.

Any sort of failure – exams, marriages, businesses, etc.

Any periods of detention.

Your reasons for leaving previous employment.

Any previously held junior positions that are irrelevant to your present career thrust.

Hobbies that may be dangerous – e.g. hang-gliding and parachuting.

Country of birth, if different from current country of residence.

Political affiliations.

Salary information – this can only be used to reject your application. If an advertisement specifically requests this information you can always include the information in your cover letter.

Fancy patterns/borders – these detract from your presentation

Title pages, binders and folders are usually unnecessary and can be off-putting (though if you are doing a special presentation, enclosing your Resume/CV in a binder may look more impressive)

Do not include a list of publications if you are a scientist, unless they are asked for.

Leave out age (put in date of birth instead) and if you are over 35 years old place this, together with other personal information near the end, rather than the beginning of your Resume/CV.

Weight, height, health, and any other personal information that is irrelevant to your application can be omitted, but if you believe these may be advantageous you can include them.

Do not use poor quality photocopies of your Resume/CV – they make it look as though you are sending it off to lots of companies and that you may not be too bothered who you work for.

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