Which dates are important to add to your CV?

CV dates are a big part of your CV. What should you know about adding CV dates, especially if you’re an older job seeker?

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Table of Contents

  1. CV dates
  2. Why are CV dates important?
  3. When and where to add dates to your CV?
  4. Fighting ageism in your job search

CV dates

Small details can be important when writing a CV and cover letter for a job application. Something as simple as knowing how and when to include CCV dates can show hiring managers you are a good candidate for the job. Dates can be an essential component of a CV but they are not needed in every case.


Why are CV dates important?

When placed correctly, CV dates can tell recruiters a lot about job seekers. Dates can tell a hiring manager how much experience you have in the industry and how long you have held certain professional certifications. These details can help you stand out from other applications on their desk, especially if you have held relevant, long-term positions. Finally, it is important to note that dates may impact how your CV ranks in applicant tracking systems (ATS).

When and where to add dates to your CV?

Whether it is necessary to include dates on a CV can depend on the requirements of the job posting. You should always include dates of employment in your work experience section, for example, but certain job postings may also want dates for professional certifications and memberships. These are the dates most commonly listed on CVs:

  • Dates of employment (e.g., job title start and end date)
  • Certification and licence award dates
  • Membership dates for professional associations
  • Publication dates
  • Professional conference and event participation dates 
  • Internship start and end dates

When you include dates in your CV sections, they should be listed at the end of each entry. For example, when listing a professional certification you would present it as such:

[Certification title], [DD/MM/YYYY]

If the certification must be renewed:

[Certification Title], [DD/MM/YYYY – DD/MM/YYYY]

In most cases, it is preferable to use a full date format, including specific days. This is especially the case when employment history, but in the case of memberships and certifications it can be acceptable to use the shorter MM/YYYY format as long as you are consistent. You may include your graduation date in your CV but don’t do it if you graduated more than 10 years ago.

FAQ: CV dates

Q: Can I remove resume dates if I’m concerned about an employment gap?

No, you should still include employment dates even if you have employment gaps. You can switch to a skills-based CV format if you want to present yourself and your work experience in a more persuasive way. This CV format emphasises skills and achievements without putting all the focus on steady work history.

Q: Do I need to put my date of birth on my CV?

No, you should not include your date of birth on your CV. Age is a protected class and a potential employer does not need to know it at this point in the hiring process.

Q: How do I format dates on a CV?

You can use whatever date format you want as long as it’s consistent. However, it is important to note that it is most common to use the DD/MM/YYYY format on a CV.

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