Personal Information on a Resume


A lot of attention is paid to your professional data when drawing up a resume . However, little attention is paid to the other information that should also appear on your resume, namely your personal data. Personal data or also called personal details are mainly used to get in touch with you as an applicant.

Why placing personal details on resume?

As mentioned above, your contact information is required to get in touch with you as an applicant.

Suppose your resume is so interesting that the employer wants to invite you to an interview. In such a case it's useful that they know your name and have a way to get in touch with you (think telephone number or email address).

It can also happen that the recruiter has a question based on your letter of application or resume, then it's also useful if you can reach you and address you by name.

Which personal data do I have to mention on my resume?

In the meantime you have heard often enough that your resume will be read through very quickly by a recruiter. it's therefore also important that you don't have too much personal data, but only the necessary. This way you will have more room for the interesting part of your resume, your profile.

Personal data that is often mentioned:


This is one of the most important on your resume, your first and last name. Your baptismal names, Juan Victor Maria will not be used and are not needed for anything. Remember, keep it simple.

Address and City

In the past when you submitted a handwritten letter and resume and there was no e-mail, it was certainly necessary to state your address. But nowadays it's not that important, but employers still like to know where you live.

Employers in larger countries also use this to see how close you are to your future workplace. Here on the islands (Antilles), distance is not such an issue as in, for example, the Netherlands.

Your place of residence is also important, because recruiters often want someone who can start quickly. Suppose you live in a completely different country, a lot has to be arranged before you can start.

Email address

Almost all contact nowadays goes via email. So mentioning an email address is a MUST. I can't say this often enough, but make sure you have a representative email address. Please don't apply with or .

Applying with the email from your current employer is also a No-Go. This looks very unprofessional.

If necessary, create an email address that you use specially for applications and keep an eye on this. An email that is structured like this ( ) is also good enough. No one will have anything to say about this.

Telephone number

In 2018 almost nobody uses private, a fixed line, so prefer not to mention it here. Use your mobile number, because this makes it easier to reach. You don't need more than one phone number either, you don't want the recruiter to guess where you can be reached or not.

Date of birth

Out of habit this is always mentioned, but it's of little use to a recruiter to know that you were born on 12 December 1996. In any case, it's often recommended to state your date of birth, but you can omit this in some cases.

A person over 50 looking for a job can best leave it out. Because it will not be easy to find a job at that age. Not that it's impossible, because employers are not allowed to discriminate against age.

Birthplace and Nationality

Your place of birth or Nationality is not important for the performance of your duties. You can also omit this.

If you respond to a vacancy where Papiamentu is flown fluently, it's wise to state that you were born on Bonaire and perhaps live there. In this case it's relevant for the position.


In most cases you can omit faith from your resume. At Work them! Occasionally vacancies pass by at Christian schools. Here, the preference is usually also for someone of a certain faith. In such a case, your faith is relevant to the position and you can state it.

Marital status

Whether you are married or divorced doesn't matter for your position. So you don't have to mention this kind of information.


If it's not easy to figure out in your name whether you are a man or a woman, it's useful to state this. This is the case with names such as Sandy, Robin or Rowan.

In my case I always state my gender and my name is Lisander. This doesn't sound like a female name. But I'am regularly addressed with Mrs. Bernardina, and I'am very bothered about that. If you regularly experience this and are annoyed, it's useful to state your gender on your resume.

Number of children

You can easily omit your number of children. Because this has nothing to do with work. If you want to tell something about this, you can do so in your conversation. For now, you can delete it.

Drivers license

You usually don't have to mention having a driver's license. An exception is if, for example, you apply for a position as a driver. In this case it's necessary to know what kind of vehicles you can operate.

Social Media

If your social media is relevant to the position, it's advisable to state this. it's well known that recruiters look for candidates on social media . So guide them to what you want them to see. I would stay away from Facebook, but a link to your LinkedIn profile can't hurt. Make sure it's up-to-date and matches your resume.


Just like with social media, a website is useful to show if relevant. Are you a photographer and do you have a gallery that you want to show, mention a link to the website. If you are a writer and you have a blog where you are active, you can also place a link.

Which data should you certainly not provide?

Often mistakes are made when mentioning personal details on resumes.

You have already seen which personal data you should always include on your resume and which you can omit in most cases. In addition, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. I have said this before, but it's worth repeating, Keep it short.

One thing you will never hear on your This is so that your ID number is not needed on your resume. This type of data will come later when you are hired. Rather it's not important for the employer.

Where on my resume, should my personal details?

In most cases, your personal information is at the top of your resume. If you have chosen to use a resume template, the placement may be different. This sometimes appears on the side of the resume, or left or right.

The placement of your personal details on your resume can be in various ways. However, it depends on your personal taste. It must, in any case, stand out. You don't want the recruiter to search for your name and other contact details.

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