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Re: Birthplace on CV

I would say unless it is required, no need to add birthplace on your CV. And good luck in 2012!

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can anyone tell me if it is necessary for me to include my birthplace on my CV? I have included my age and now also added in my birthdate, but I'm not sure if it is necessary to put where I was born.

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Old 04.01.2012, 22:21
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it cannot have escaped anyone's attention that anything remotely official to do with the Swiss State, Kanton level or even Gemeinde level always always seem to ask you where you are born
Unless you are Swiss, in which case attinenza/heimatort/lieu d'origine is the only thing of importance.

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Old 06.01.2012, 00:34
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I've never heard of anyone being interested in birthplace. But I'm still amused that people want pictures, marital status, age, and other tidbits that aren't relevant to one's actual ability to do a job.
I think recruiting the "right" person isn't just a matter of ability to do a job. You have hundreds of applicants who have good or even excellent qualifications: the social dimension ("social competences") now often makes the difference; recruiting has also do with team-building - where mixed skills, ages, male-female, etc. can be of importance.
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Re: Birthplace on CV

I work in IT and contracted for many years. Social skills are a factor but in the end, either you can do the job or you can't. And you want people who can.

At that point I couldn't give a monkey's where they grew up.

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I think recruiting the "right" person isn't just a matter of ability to do a job. You have hundreds of applicants who have good or even excellent qualifications: the social dimension ("social competences") now often makes the difference; recruiting has also do with team-building - where mixed skills, ages, male-female, etc. can be of importance.
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Re: Birthplace on CV

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Personally I find it strange that CVs sometime _don't_ include this information. I know that American employment practices prohibit certain types of information being requested, but I think that for many jobs one's age, for example, is extremely relevant to one's ability to do certain types of work. Marital and family status is a good clue as to one's flexibility to travel if needed, and various other 'tidbits' may also be useful. Why anyone would want to hide this information is beyond me.

Pictures, OTOH, well yes, I agree there should be no call for them on a CV.
I can tell you why: The one time I did not add any personal information, as marital status and kids, I got the job; before that I went to an interview and the male interviewer asked me: How do you think you can fill in the position when you have two young children?
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Re: Birthplace on CV

As a recruiter I always look for nationality because of the permit situation. As a newbie I was caught out a couple of times by presuming that someone who had worked here/Europe or educated here/Europe automatically had the necessary nationality etc for a permit. I always ask during the interview as well to double check. If it is not on the CV I wonder why not.
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I have have never figured out why some places ask for a photo. And this is for IT jobs. If what people look like is an indication of their ability as an engineer, Microsoft would have collapses long ago.

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As a recruiter I always look for nationality because of the permit situation. As a newbie I was caught out a couple of times by presuming that someone who had worked here/Europe or educated here/Europe automatically had the necessary nationality etc for a permit. I always ask during the interview as well to double check. If it is not on the CV I wonder why not.
If they read my CV they will soon figure out I wasn't born and raised in Switzerland. But I wouldn't have a problem pointing it out. It's just the other personal info, as posted above, where I don't see any sense in - what difference does it make what my marital status is and how old my kids are? That has nothing to do with my professional qualification.
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If they read my CV they will soon figure out I wasn't born and raised in Switzerland. But I wouldn't have a problem pointing it out. It's just the other personal info, as posted above, where I don't see any sense in - what difference does it make what my marital status is and how old my kids are? That has nothing to do with my professional qualification.
We arrived aged just 40 in a place in the southern Hemisphere which shall be nameless but which is a very, very large island. The locals seemed to be paranoid about recruiting someone who was better qualified than they were at that time [things may have changed now]. But a very well qualified doctor who was actually a Chinese immigrant said to me once when we were both battling to find work "at least you are not discriminated against until they see you". Plus ca change..........
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Re: Birthplace on CV

If they don't see it on your CV, they will ask you anyway. Don't forget to include a list of schools you have attended since you were 5 yrs old.
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