Personal details contain your personal information that is unique to you. It is important that the details you include in this section are correct and up-to-date. Employers will need your most recent information to identify and contact you.


Ensure that you have the following information under the personal details section of your CV:

1. Your name and surname on top of the page:

Do not write “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae” on top of the page (employers already know it’s your CV). Your full name is the title of your CV and should be the biggest, boldest font on it.


2. Your location and contact details:

Add this information under your full name.

  • Location: Name of your area, city and country
  • Cell number: Your cell and/or any other cell/telephone number that employers can contact you on.
  • Email address: Your personal email address. Do not use your work email. Create a new personal email (preferably using your full name) if you have one that employers may find unprofessional, such as iloverap@gmail.com or badboy1990@yahoo.com. Employers won’t take you seriously if you have an email address like these.

3. Other relevant personal information:

  • Languages you speak and understand
  • Driver’s licence (If you have)


Do not include personal details that do not directly benefit your application or the company goals or any information that could put you at risk for identity fraud.

Do not include your:

  • ID number or full date of birth (Only include your age - in numbers - if the job advert asked or if you think it may serve as an advantage)
  • Full home address (House number and street name)
  • Marital status
  • Health status
  • Ethnicity or nationality
  • Number of children or dependents (Only add it, if it shows a quality the employer may be interested in)


Only include information that shows you are the best candidate for the job. Do not include too much personal detail, only include enough information to be invited for the interview. Remember to update this section if you get a new number or relocate to another area or city, to ensure that employers can contact you.


Next Step: Find out what skills and achievements you should include in your CV.