Be careful what you put in your resume . . . you could be revealing a lot more than you think. Here are six personal details you might be giving away.
1. Your age. If your resume includes the year you got a high school diploma, your employer knows your age to within a year or so. And if you have a work history that goes back to the '70s or '80s, the employer might decide you're too old to hire.
2. Family information. If you have volunteer work experience with a school or Little League, that's a pretty clear indication you have kids. Employers might see that as a problem. They're not legally allowed to ask, but they're allowed to figure it out.
3. Religious or political affiliations. It doesn't need to be a church or a campaign. It just has to be an organization someone can look up online, to see what it's all about.
4. When you can start. Everybody SAYS they can start right away. But if your resume shows an out-of-state address, most employers will assume it's going to take time for you to move and settle down in their area.
5. Your work ethic. If your resume has typos and grammatical errors, anyone can see that you're either lazy, not detail-oriented, or both. Someone might even deduce that you have a learning disability . . . even if you don't.
And if you list a bunch of jobs with the same title, employers might decide you don't have the potential for more. (LiveScience.com)