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?
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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.