BIO DATA: When does the information become too much

This first segment of your information is Key and should not be downplayed. The typical make up of a C.V Bio-data include

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Home Address
  • Marital Status
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Title
  • Home town
  • Nationality
  • Social Media address.

The essential components of the Bio-data that is the part that cannot be tweaked are the

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • E-mail address
  • Phone Number
  • Address

While the others are quite flexible and may or may not be present depending on you or the place you are applying to.

NAME

This is a no brainer. It has to be there. Two to three names are generally allowed even if you have 16 beautiful names. The names should also be the same as the one on your certificates, awards e.t.c except you have a legal backing for the inconsistency.

DATE OF BIRTH

If there is an age limit to the job or school you are applying to and you are younger than the age then stating your date of Birth in full is a plus. If not, the general consensus is no one really cares and it won’t do you a lot of good for your C.V to be screened out before you are interviewed because you are borderline of the cut off age. So it is best written as 13th of February without including the Year.

 

OLAPOJU CHINEKE ALIKO

4TH JUNE,1990

ADDRESS: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
PHONE NO: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
E-MAIL: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
NATIONALITY: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 

OLAPOJU CHINEKE ALIKO

4TH JUNE

ADDRESS: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
PHONE NO: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
E-MAIL: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
NATIONALITY: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

E-MAIL ADDRESS

It is best to stick to professional email address characteristically consisting of your Surname and your first name. No one really accepts trending high school or college email addresses like sexygirl009@yahoo.com  or craziestdude@gmail.com or drugdealer2016@aol.com. I think you get the picture. One says you are a joke while the other doesn’t except if you are applying to a drug dealer of a modelling agency.

PHONE NUMBER

People generally start with the international code which for Nigeria is +234(0) which is great.

HOME ADDRESS

This is a strong point especially if you are applying to a place that is in close proximity to your place of residence. Most employers tend to like this for obvious reasons. So its best you flaunt it and give the exact address that no one would get lost in case they are trying to get your letter of acceptance to you. If you stay in a different country from your prospective place of work, do not fret just expect that to pop up in your interview.

MARITAL STATUS

It is really left to you depending on whether it was part of the application form specification or you have no issue displaying such information.

GENDER

This can be used to your advantage especially if you have an inside knowledge that a particular gender is preferred over the other based on the peculiarities of the Job.

TITLE

Refers to Dr., Engr., Pharm, Nurse, Mr., Mrs., e.t.c.

NATIONALITY

If you plan to apply outside your country including this or excluding this is considered by some to help in evading racial discrimination since it is unlikely that they will Google the names of 10000 applicants.

SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE

This is a relatively new one and it is still not well accepted especially by companies that are not familiar with the benefits of the internet. This is also similar to the email address with the added caveat that this should not be included if your tweets, post, pictures on Instagram are not things you want to be associated with.

In Summary, your bio data can literally make or break you though the latter is more likely. The important skill you must learn is to include the essential 5 and tweak the rest both in terms of agreement and inclusion based on required specifications and the ones that will strengthen your application.

OLAPOJU CHINEKE ALIKO

4TH JUNE

ADDRESS: 3,Alao-Akala, Akobo, Ibadan
PHONE NO: 080********
E-MAIL: olapojuchinekealiko@yahoo.com
NATIONALITY: Nigerian

Example of a short Bio-data with the year of birth hidden.

 

NAME: OLAPOJU Chineke Aliko
DATE OF BIRTH/PLACE: 4/06 Ibadan
GENDER: Male
MARITAL STATUS: Single
NATIONALITY: Nigerian
TOWN: Oyo
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Ibadan North
STATE OF ORIGIN: Oyo
RELIGION: Christianity
CONTACT ADDRESS: 3,Alao-Akala, Akobo, Ibadan
PERMANENT HOME ADDRESS: 3,Alao-Akala, Akobo, Ibadan
EMAIL ADDRESS: olapojuchinekealiko@yahoo.com
TELEPHONE NO: 080********

Example of a detailed Bio-data with the year of birth still hidden