Marital Status on a CV

Marital Status on a CVA few of years ago when I was at School – okay perhaps a little longer than that, the inclusion of marital status on a CV was standard practice but unfortunately those days are long gone.

In this day and age having, marital status on your CV is just as bad if not worst as including your age, nationality or gender.  I wouldn’t recommend anyone to include their marital status on a CV because as with other non-essential personal characteristics it opens the doors for discrimination and prejudice.  To a lesser extent, it takes up irrelevant space but more significantly it’s not something that the employers are really interested in.  Look at the example below;

Marital Status:           Divorced

Widow

Separated

Would you? And this is an honest question I’m throwing at anyone who is reading this piece, include your marital status if it was any of the above? Of course you wouldn’t and anyone who says otherwise is simply being dishonest.  Being divorced, widow and separated can be seen by many employers as something extremely negative.  As harsh as it sounds, it can sometimes be viewed by employers as an indication of failure.  Remember, anything that depicts failure should be omitted from your CV i.e. failed exams, bad grades or a failed business venture.

Even if you are happily married and have been for the last 50 years, there is no need for you to include this on your CV.  It won’t make a blind bit of difference to an employer whether you’re married, divorced or separated.  All they want to know is that you’re capable of doing the job and doing it well – everything else is irrelevant.

Are there any circumstances under which I should consider mentioning my Marital Status?

The only situation where I would encourage you to include your marital status as ‘Single’ (that’s of course if you are single) is when applying for a job which requires a lot of travel or unsociable working hours i.e. late nights or early mornings.