It may seem an obvious thing to say, but the 'Personal Details' section of your CV is your first opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer. Get the basics wrong at this stage and you can wave goodbye to the chances of getting an interview.
Here is a guideline to what personal information you should and shouldn't include in your CV, and how to ensure that you do not fall victim to discrimination about your age, sex, religion or nationality.
Your name Write your name in a larger font than the rest of your CV to make it stand out. After all, your CV is a marketing tool used to market YOU Ltd. Middle names are optional, but don't be tempted with Frank ‘The Tank' Ricard.
Marital status and family You don't have to include details about your marital status or information about whether you have a family or not. However, you can if you think your status will make your application become more attractive. For example, being single might make unsociable working hours more feasible, whereas having a family may mean you're in a more stable situation and likely to be loyal to the company.
The employer is forbidden from making a decision based on these factors by the Equality Act, but there's no harm in putting yourself in a positive light.
Date of birth You may include your birth date if you wish. However, it is no longer necessary since the Equality Act of 2010 makes age discrimination illegal in the recruitment process. If you're having issues getting interviews, try removing it from your CV to see if it has a positive impact.
Nationality With the exception of government positions, which may require this information, your nationality should be omitted. The above act also prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, or nationality (including citizenship, ethnicity or national origin).
As long as you are either a native to the country in which you are applying or can provide a suitable working visa, there in no need to tell them where you are from.
Contact details Simple logic applies here – don't include your work phone number or email address. Use your own personal email address or create a new account specifically for your job search, especially if your current email address is something like firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to add the phone number that will make it easier for potential recruiters or agencies to contact you, most likely your mobile phone. And double check you've got the right number on there!
If you're worried about getting calls while you're at work, you may wish to put some times on there when it's better for you to be contacted.
Other information If the job you're after requires you to drive then you will probably want to assure them about your clean driving licence. If you are going for a web design role, you may want to direct them to a website you have created. Whatever you decide to include, just be sure it helps, not hinders your application.
Whether you include these personal details at the start or end of your CV is up to you. Just make them easy to find.