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Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume

Race, Sex and Religion on Your Resume

Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert

Personal Information That Should Be on Your Resume

Your Name: You can’t pick a new name in hopes of getting more interviews unless you have legally changed it.

Your Employers: If you worked for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, for example, you shouldn’t hide your employer’s name and misrepresent your work history.

Schools Attended: Even if your postsecondary school has a religious affiliation, you need to include the school name in your Education section.

Work Experience or Training in Foreign Countries: You should include all work and educational experiences, as long as they are relatively recent.

Deciding What to Include

Think About It: Will revealing the information in question highlight skills that would qualify you for the position? For example, if you’re pursuing a management position and held leadership roles with religious organizations, consider including these experiences.

Target Your Audience: If you’re applying for a position with the American Civil Liberties Union, for instance, your resume may highlight your cultural background, involvement in related organizations and diversity-related accomplishments. If you don’t know the organization’s culture or the hiring manager’s possible biases, omit personal information that will not add to your qualifications.

Bear in Mind the Prospective Employer’s Geographic Location: In some communities, involvement in civic or religious groups is highly desirable and including your related experience on your resume would enhance your credentials.

Evaluate Your Personal Preferences: The this-is-me-take-it-or-leave-it attitude may leave you hungry when looking for a job in a world where discrimination still exists. You don’t want to lose a chance at your dream job because of a hiring manager’s possible biases. You may or may not report to the person once hired, anyway.

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