Should you include ANY dates on your CV?

Yes, No , Maybe

Yes, No , Maybe?

Since the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 made age discrimination illegal in the recruitment process it has been advisable NOT to include your date of birth on your CV however, it can still be fairly obvious to the reader of your CV as to how old you are just by looking at the dates you went to school and the number of years you have worked.

So this leads to question as to whether or not we should consider removing dates altogether from our CV so that we can remain ageless and whilst some would argue yes, I will absolutely disagree and say definitely NOT.

Why? Why would you want to remove dates in order to try and mislead a potential employer into believing that you are younger or perhaps even older than you actually are?

By trying to hide your age you could run the risk of being seen as dishonest, the interviewer may feel deceived and without a doubt this is no way to start an interview. Personally I would not wish to waste my time attending an interview with any potential employer who wants a more mature or younger workforce either consciously or unconsciously.

And yes, it could well take you longer to secure an interview however at least when you do you can attend feeling sincere and confident about your age.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Mark Twain

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Nikki Hutchison, founder of Chilli Pepper Global www.chillipepperglobal.com advising you on every aspect of the job seeking process guiding you step by step whether you are looking to move internally or externally.

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