What personal information should I add and not add to my resumé?
The resume below is a sample taken from the internet. Which information in it could be considered "too much"?
In Brazil (and probably other countries too), far beyond the necessary contact information any prospective employer would need in order to get in touch with us, we often add very detailed personal things about ourselves, such as:
- marital status (I have actually had a student who was a top executive. In his resumé, he specified he was separated from his wife);
- gender identity (male, female, transgender…);
- whether we have children or not;
- whatever else we think we should say.
Well, do NOT do that in English. While it is a fact that, in many situations, it is possible to know, for example, someone’s nationality/gender based on their first name and last name, and that your age might be made obvious when you turn up, or that your wedding ring might give away you’re married, or even that your gender identity might be easy to perceive, the idea behind not adding this kind of thing to your resumé is to give candidates as equal as possible a shot at being offered an interview.
Therefore, in order to prevent (or at least, reduce) discrimination, that type of information is best left out of our resumés. One thing needs to be clear though: I am not saying, that you need to hide your gender identity, or the it’s a problem to let a prospective employer know you are a married woman, or that if asked about your religion you should lie. As a matter of fact, when asked that kind of question during an interview, I would highly recommend telling the truth. At least, that’s what I would do.
The bottom line here is: if someone wants to ask you really personal things that don’t in any way related to your skills/experience/expertise, they must at least do it to your face, in a situation where you are given the chance to show your competence, which may win their prejudice over.