It’s always a challenge to craft the perfect resume. There’s formatting to consider, word choice, and choosing which details to include to showcase your talents. Today’s hiring managers are more pressed for time than ever before, and most take only seconds to determine whether your resume deserves a second glance. To receive that consideration, you need to ensure that you give the right attention to every detail on your resume. Far too many job-seekers, however, neglect the finer details of the resume-writing process. Take your resume contact information, for example. Have you listed it properly? The good news is that there are some set guidelines you can follow for your contact info, and a right way to include that information.
The first thing you need to know is exactly what information you should include within your contact section. Make sure that your contact details provide the following information so that employers can reach you for a potential interview:
Naturally, your name should appear at the top of your resume. Use your full name and skip any nicknames or aliases – even if it’s a name that you usually use. Employers need to know your real name, and will turn away resumes that don’t provide that information.
There was a time when employers wanted to see your full address. Today’s companies don’t need that information during the hiring process. Moreover, their applicant tracking systems may reject resumes that contain full street addresses due to privacy concerns. To avoid that landmine, just include your city, state, and zip code. If they need to see more complete address information, they will request it.
For more information about why you should never include a full address on your resume, see our post on the topic here.
Many applicants fail to properly list their phone number on their resumes. The key is to just list one number, and make sure that it is one that you answer regularly. Do not list a work number – unless you’re self-employed and that number is also your primary home phone number. Listing more than one number could cause confusion, and may lead to your resume being rejected. No hiring manager wants to be forced to call multiple numbers to reach a job candidate.
Conclusion – Don’t list more than one number on your resume.
Your email address is critical as well, since many companies now choose to communicate with candidates using that technology. Use an email address that you check on a regular base, and make sure that it sounds professional. Do not use email addresses with potentially controversial words or names in them. Save the more risqué addresses for your friends and family. Try to use an address that includes your first and last name instead.
You also shouldn’t use your work email address. It’s unprofessional and no employer wants to be sending emails to you your company email address.
LinkedIn is more important for job-seekers than most of them know. It is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance your resume – and it’s something that hiring managers now check with increasing regularity. You should update your profile if you have one, and make it as professional as possible. Then include the link to your profile page in the contact header section.
Make sure you shorten the LinkedIn URL before adding it to the resume. We wrote a good post here on adding a LinkedIn URL to your resume.
The most popular way to list contact information also happens to be the most efficient use of resume space. Your name goes first, in large bolded letters. Below that, in smaller type, you should include the following details:
Here’s an example of how a modern contact information header should look. You can use it as a guide to ensure that you list your own resume contact information properly:
Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most. For many job-seekers, contact information is almost an afterthought. It seems so simple that many people don’t give it the consideration that it deserves. Like everything else in your resume, however, those contact details have an important purpose. They also say a lot about your professionalism and attention to detail. Follow these guidelines for properly presenting your resume contact information, and you can give your resume that added layer of professionalism it deserves.