What are personal life data

Personal data in the résumé: These belong in it

The personal data in the curriculum vitae is an absolute must. They include at least the applicant's address (street, zip code, city), telephone number, email address, date of birth and place of birth. There are also optional details and a few modern trends in personal details. Here you can find out how personal data is structured in a résumé, everything that goes with it and how you can optimally present it ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Resume header and title

A curriculum vitae in tabular form always has a heading. It is still above the personal data in the résumé and is either simply "résumé" or "résumé PLUS first name + surname". You can choose a font size of 20 points or more for this. This is followed by your personal details. All together form the so-called "header" of the résumé. Whether you write your name first and then “CV” or put the headline in front of your name or under it or next to it is a question of layout and personal taste. The only important thing is that if you include your name in the headline of your résumé, you should leave it out of the personal information.

Personal data in the CV: content

You can choose different headings for the section of personal data in the curriculum vitae: "Personal details", "Personal details", "Personal details", "Personal details", "Personal details", "About me" - or you can simply give the section a title "Personal data". All of these terms can be used synonymously. It is of course crucial that all of this information is correct and free of typing errors. Anyone who is sloppy with their own name or phone number raises enormous doubts about the rest of the quality of their work.

Personal data in the résumé: example

Surname: Max pattern
Address: Example way 1, 12345 model town
Phone: 01234 / 56 78 90
Mobile: 0987 / 65 43 21
E-mail: [email protected]
Date of birth: DD.MM.YYYY
Place of birth: Cologne
Nationality: German
Marital status: single

Personal data with QR code

A modern trend is to supplement the application - cover letter or résumé - with a link to an application video. Here you can once again (and much more personally) convey your motivation and passion for your job and employer. You can either include the link to this video under your personal data - or generate a so-called QR code for it, which the HR manager can easily scan in with his smartphone to get to the application video. For example, the result could look like this:

Personal data in the curriculum vitae: mandatory information

A distinction is made between mandatory and optional information. This means: You must not leave out the information in the first category, the second information can sometimes be useful, but can be left out. All contact details of the applicant are of course mandatory. If the company is interested in the candidate, these are the ways in which they can be reached. But one after anonther…

First and Last Name

Whether in the title of your résumé or in your personal details: somewhere (and as close up as possible) state your full first and last name. If available, you can also list titles of nobility or academic degrees such as a doctorate here. This is part of the name and can be a door opener for some positions and industries. Anyone who has an unusual or foreign-sounding name (and, as with an anonymous application, does not include an application photo) should put “Ms.” or “Mr.” in front of the name. Foreign-sounding names in particular cannot always be clearly assigned. The addition enables the HR manager to be addressed correctly later.


The full address (or "address") includes the street and house number, the associated postcode of the place of residence and, if necessary, an addition such as "in Westphalia" for places that occur frequently. In this way, you enable the potential employer to write to you in the event of an invitation to an interview. If you are currently abroad, add the state under your place of residence.

Phone number (s)

By providing your landline and / or mobile phone number, you enable the company to contact you quickly and easily. Attention: Some companies use the telephone number to have a kind of spontaneous mini-telephone interview before the actual job interview or to inform you in advance about the application process or to request additional work samples or missing job references.

E-mail address

More and more HR professionals use an email for the first contact (it is mandatory for email applications anyway). You should therefore always provide an e-mail address for applications by post. This address should be as serious as possible. So better "[email protected]" than "[email protected]". An email address that subtly indicates and is linked to your own homepage is perfect, for example: "[email protected]".

Personal data in the curriculum vitae: Optional information

In addition to the mandatory information in the résumé, there is also a few voluntary personal data in the résumé. The information may not play a role in the selection of an applicant, but for some applications or jobs it can represent important information and a positive signal to the HR manager. In addition, some of the information is part of common application practice. If you leave them out, you run the risk that your application will be rated more negatively. You can include the following personal data in the header of your resume in tabular form - but you don't have to:

Date of birth and place of birth

According to the AGG, nobody may be discriminated against on the basis of their age. However, the age of the date of birth and the place of birth should not be missing in the personal data in the curriculum vitae. For HR managers, age is an important criterion in order to better classify existing qualifications and professional experience: Those who are young may not have gained that much relevant professional experience.


The nationality should be indicated if the applicant does not have German citizenship or the name could give this impression. If applicants come from non-EU countries, recruitment for companies is often associated with a great deal of bureaucratic effort. In order not to give the wrong impression here, the nationality should be given. At the same time, it can be of interest in the case of an international corporation, for example if language skills are in demand.

marital status

This is usually given as “single” (unmarried) or “married” and can include the number of children and their age. Example: "Marital status: married (children: 8, 14)" Many employers favor single applicants who are more flexible in terms of time and possibly less tied to the location. Many candidates fear (rightly) discrimination here. However, you can use the information about children to your advantage - for example if they are older and therefore more independent. The subtle message: "I can also work late shifts or overtime." Single parents, on the other hand, should point out that childcare is guaranteed, for example: "Marital status: single (child: 6, childcare guaranteed)".


Your religious affiliation is actually none of your employer's business - too personal. You can, however, state this when you apply to a suitable church institution, for example. Members of the same Christian community have an advantage, especially in positions with church sponsors - even if that is actually not allowed.

Strengths, skills, fields of experience

Another modern trend is to add graphic elements to the CV. This includes, for example, a section with key qualifications, personal strengths or experiences (for students and graduates also “departments”). This type of “mini-short profile” increases the clarity and arouses the reader's attention. At the same time, your strengths and social skills will come out better. The whole thing can look like this, for example:

intended position

This résumé trick has already helped many applicants to stand out from the crowd: Under the personal data in the résumé, state the "desired position" from the job advertisement (see video tip): You so subtly emphasize your determination, your commitment and document that this CV, this application was only written for this position:

Which personal data should I omit from my résumé?

The design of the résumé has changed over and over again. For example, it used to be common to provide information about parents and their career in addition to their own details. This is considered completely outdated and out of date. Today, the résumé - even those of underage applicants - only contains information about YOUR OWN person. Applicants do not have to provide any information about their partner or their occupation either: Such information is absolutely private and does not concern a potential employer.

Personal data on resume: how to present?

The personal details in the résumé are essential - after all, it is YOUR personal résumé. The information should be presented prominently and professionally. Means: clearly visible, high up in the résumé, large type, possibly bold type. Usually, you select the entire area (left or right) next to the application photo. Another option is the centered placement in the header. Example:

CV Max Muster

Example way 1, 12345 Musterstadt
Phone: 0123 - 45 67 89 ■ Mail: [email protected]
Born: DD.MM.YYYY in model town ■ Marital status: single

The design of your application contributes significantly to the important first impression of your documents. It should always be chosen uniformly so that the application documents look like one piece. We therefore recommend that you design the personal data in the CV exactly as it is in the other documents: cover letter, cover sheet, letter of motivation, etc. The use of a uniform format template can help.

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