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How personal should the resume be?

The main purpose of a CV is to give a potential employer an understanding of your qualifications and suitability for a position. What school and vocational training was completed and what additional skills were acquired? The most personal aspect of the classic CV is usually still the list of “soft skills”, which provides information on whether someone is “flexible” or “a team player”.

Candidates give away valuable potential when they make their CVs completely impersonal. Because despite all the digitalisation, filters in the email programs of human resources managers and automated selection processes, in the end there is always someone reading your CV. So it would be all the better if he or she not only gets an insight into your professional skills, but also a very personal impression of you. But how personal can a resume be and how do I individualize it?

The personal details: Must you?

According to the law, you are not obliged to give details of your nationality, marital status or number of children in your application. Finally, the employer may not base his decision on whether you are at home with a sick child from time to time or whether he does not like the colour of your skin. However, it is often not advisable to conceal obvious personal details. The less you reveal about yourself as a person in your CV, the more anonymous it appears.

In case of doubt, this can also have a negative effect on the chances of success of your application. In general, the rule of thumb is: The better the recruiter can get a picture not only of you as an employee, but also of yourself, the more sympathetic you will be to him intuitively. However, if you have good reasons not to provide personal data, then listen to your gut feeling. Many things can also be clarified afterwards in the job interview.

Hobbies make people interesting

You are not set up as a programmed robot, but as a human being, who in case of doubt has daily contact with customers and colleagues. If, for example, you have an exciting hobby, do not hesitate to mention this in your CV. Such information is usually a popular hang-up for HR staff to start off a job interview in a relaxed manner.

Above all, however, one’s own hobbies provide information about the personal abilities and characteristics of an applicant. If, for example, he photographs a lot in his spare time, this is an indication of his creativity. A sporting hobby, on the other hand, indicates discipline and stamina. With unusual hobbies you attract attention and create a memorable experience for the personaler. The “Oh, that’s the one who practices urban climbing in his spare time” factor should not be underestimated.

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