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Asked by Tanya on March 12, 2017

What type of personal information should I include on my resume?

Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on March 13, 2017

Great questions! When is comes to personal information, one should not overwhelm their resume and just keep it simple and straight to the point. The routine route one goes with is Full Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, and Email. Now if you would like to put your LinkedIn account link within this information, that way the recruiter can find out more about you, your experience/ skill sets, and interest. As for personal information to leave out, I have notice a few people start putting a photo of themselves on their resume. Now some may feel this makes their resume more personal and stand out more, but I say it may hurt you in the end. Like they say never judge a book by it's cover, while if you provide a photo that a recruiter or hiring manager does not like in anyway this may lead to now moving to the next step. So instead of a photo, make your resume stand out in other ways such as past experiences, skill sets, etc. Also, some have featured their social media links (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and this may seem like a good idea, but due to those social media platforms being more personal than professional this may also hurt your chances of moving forward. Overall, when it comes to personal information I highly suggest one keeps it simple, short, and straight to the point - Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, and Email. 

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on March 15, 2017

I would echo Dan's comments. Your resume should be a snapshot of your professional experience, not your personal life. Keep any personal information limited to contact information. Your name, email address and phone number are the most important so a recruiter can contact you. Most resumes also include a home and/or school address but I have also seen some resumes without this information. It's truly a personal preference. I have seen more resumes lately with a picture included as well but I would personally advise against this. If you feel that a picture is important to include, I would add the URL to your LinkedIn profile instead. For entry-level professionals I often see hobbies and interests included at the bottom of resumes. This is a good way to fill space, if necessary. Keep in mind, you want to keep this professional so still be cautious of what you are listing as your hobbies and interests.

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