Personal Dossier, is this an appropriate word to add in resume / CV?

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Adding unnecessary personal information to your CV may put you in trouble! It’s very common to add tempting and fancy words like ‘personal dossier’ in CV and resume and adding fancy words nowadays it’s a trend.

If you have copied your CV / Resume format from your friends’ circle/colleagues circle, a high probability of using fancy words and sharing personal information details cannot be avoided. The best way to avoid using such fancy and inappropriate words in CV/resume, do not copy-paste CV content. Build your CV with your content, with your experience.

Your CV/resume help to establish a connection between the recruiter and you. Once your resume/CV is shortlisted, the recruiter contacts you for additional information or your availability for a telephonic interview or face-to-face interview.

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Adding unnecessary personal information to your CV may put you in trouble! It's very common to add tempting and fancy words like 'personal dossier' in CV and resume and adding fancy words nowadays it's a trend.

If your CV/resume is not shortlisted, it will be destroyed/deleted like the following animation

Why the ‘personal dossier’ word is not appropriate in your CV/resume?

Let’s understand the meaning of dossier – A dossier is a collection of papers or other sources, containing detailed information about a particular person or subject. (reference-Wikipedia).

No recruiter asks for a personal dossier before shortlisting a candidate.

Let’s understand, which personal information can be shared in CV/Resume,

  • Your complete name
  • Month & Year of birth (no need to disclose the date of birth)
  • Personal Email id
  • Cell phone number
personal dossier in cv

Talent acquisition team / HR maintains a detailed record of every employee which contains,

  1. Pre-joining medical examination test reports including drug test report & blood group detail.
  2. Background check records, permanent and current address details and proofs.
  3. Photocopies of educational certificate and mark sheet. CIBIL score (if you are working in the financial sector)
  4. PAN (permanent account number) and Aadhar Card.
  5. Employee Provident Fund details like PF number and previous organization PF details.
  6. Employee CV/resume and cover letter.
  7. Employee job application form and interview/selection process records
  8. Ongoing mid-year and year-end appraisal records of employee.
  9. Ongoing employee training records.
  10. On-going / periodic health-check up records.
  11. Employee behavior track record
  12. Employee passport and visa details
  13. Employee reference check details
  14. Last 6 months salary slip of previous employer
  15. Income tax details like Form 16 & ITR returns
  16. Bank details of an employee.
  17. Other records based on local law and organization policies

Salary slip and income tax details mostly referred for compensation calculation for new joiners. It’s very common in the industry to maintain a complete employee record and this record is known as an employee record.

Point no 1 to 17 details, not at all required to add in your CV/resume. If you are disclosing any of this information, please correct your CV immediately and re-upload the updated CV on a job portal.

Also please read blog post, Why a career objective for resume is so important?

Disclosing personal information more than required in CV/resume may put you in financial trouble. Instead of adding personal dossier, it’s better to keep it simple ‘personal information’. Hence, a personal dossier word is not an appropriate word to add in CV/resume.

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