All jobs have confidential information

Can confidential information be included in my CV?

The more specific your information is in your résumé, the better. Successes that can be measured in numbers are of course particularly meaningful. However, you should be careful with certain information, as this may be covered by a trade secret. This confidential information includes, for example, sales, budget planning, customer base, market strategy, planned patent applications and secret research and development projects.

If your professional success is directly related to confidential data, you should carefully consider what you write on your resume. Probably the best solution is to keep it confidential Rewrite information and Percentages - instead of naming specific numbers.

Michael Köhler, co-partner of the personnel consultancy SchuhEder Consulting, advises his candidates the following procedure: "If someone was active in sales and applies for a sales position, his résumé must state which customers he has looked after and what increase in sales he was able to achieve in a defined period of time. At this point I keep hearing that the applicant cannot write these points in a résumé because this information is a matter of confidentiality. However, it should be easy to state by what percentage the turnover could be increased or in which Your customers act. "

Especially in smaller industries - where the hiring managers of the various companies know and exchange ideas with one another - it is important to adhere to confidentiality agreements and trade secrets. Otherwise, a résumé with internal company information can quickly become a pitfall.

You can find more information on the structure and content of a meaningful résumé here.

Author: Maximilian Hülsebusch


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