When writing your resume contact information should be prominently displayed. Learn all about where to put this information.
Regardless of which resume format you use, you will still need to include the right information written in a way that "sells" your professional expertise to the hiring manager. What you choose to include on your resume can make or break your entire job search effort. So what should you include to improve your chances?
It all starts with your name and other contact information. In this lesson, you'll learn what contact information to include and how to place it on your resume. You will also have the opportunity to create your own resume starting with adding contact information.
You probably already know that your contact information—which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address—should always appear at the top of your resume, regardless of which resume format you have used.
But did you know that some employers actually use the contact information section to screen out undesirable candidates? They may pass you over if you live in another part of the country in order to avoid paying relocation costs. Or they may form a negative opinion about you if your contact information is inappropriate in some way. A lot of hiring managers today will even use this information to search for you on popular social networking sites to see what is posted about you. So what should you include to make sure your resume doesn't get eliminated?
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about what contact information to include:
Always put your full name (first and last) at the top of each page of your resume.
You can use your given name (Christopher), or a preferred name (Chris). You can also include your middle name or initial if you prefer.
However, we recommend that you don't use a nickname that may appear unprofessional, such as Bubba or Ace.
Include your full mailing address in a standard format, like this:
321 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27606
However, we recommend that you avoid listing a P.O. box unless you are able to check it regularly.
List your preferred phone number for employers to contact you. Make sure that you have a professional and courteous voicemail greeting in case you are unable to answer the phone.
You'll most likely be contacted by potential employers via email, so it's especially important to include an email address. Make sure to check your email messages regularly when searching for a position, as many employers now expect quick responses.
However, be sure to use a professional email address. An address like firstname.lastname@example.org maybe give an employer the wrong impression.
It is now becoming more common to see links to professional online profiles and personal webpages placed on resumes. These links are generally included with your contact information, but may be listed in another section like additional information. Visit our Resume Tips and Strategies lesson for more information and advice on including web links.