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Do not include your marital status on your CV

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 15 Jun 2020

Not Include marital status on a CV

Back in the olden days, it was fashionable for people to include their marital status on their CVs. Some applicants used it as a status symbol whereas others just included it because they thought it was mandatory to do so.

Times have changed.

We are now in 2018 and this practice has gradually fallen out of fashion.

The main reason for its decline is because including your marital status on your CV opens many doors for discrimination and prejudice; it is also something that isn’t really relevant to most of the jobs.

Consider the following marital statuses:

  • Single
  • Married
  • Divorced
  • Separated
  • Widowed

An applicant being “divorced”, “separated” or “widowed” can be perceived as something negative. Why risk your application on disclosing very sensitive and personal information that has no positive impact on your application?

The employer is only in whether the applicant can do the job or not. Being single, divorced or happily married should have no impact on your abilities to function well in your role.

With the introduction of a series of anti-discrimination and equality legislation, it has become illegal for employers to ask certain personal questions, including inquiring about family planning or asking whether the candidate is married, single or in a civil partnership.

Other personal information to not include on your CV:

  • Date of birth or age
  • Gender
  • Nationality
    • “But I am happily married; can I include my marital status on my CV?”

      No one can guarantee that being “happily married” will be considered something positive or helpful by every prospective employer that will read your CV.

      Since there is no guarantee, it is best to leave it out from your CV.

      “Can I mention that I am single?”

      The surprising answer to this question is; yes, sometimes.

      On certain rare occasions, it can be a small plus point to mention your marital status as “single.”

      For example, when applying for a job which involves a lot of travel or has uncomfortable working hours and inconsistent shifts.

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).