One of the first parts of your resume that a hiring manager or recruiter sees is your contact information. This is where they gather basic information about where you are located and how to contact you. Knowing exactly what to include in this section can raise questions from job seekers. Should you use your full address? Is a work email appropriate? How many phone numbers should you list?
You want to make sure that your contact information is up to date and provides a professional image. Being too informal or vague can be a turnoff, while too much information can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for creating a contact section that complements your resume:
Since your resume is a professional document, use your full name as opposed to a nickname. If you go by a middle name, you could use your first initial and then the name you go by, or include it in parenthesis afterward. Your name should be a slightly larger font than the rest of your contact information to help it stand out.
- Full Address
Some people question whether to include their full address on their resume because they fear that it may limit their options. While some employers may pay closer attention to where in the city you live, many are looking to see the general vicinity. If you live within a reasonable distance, it lets them know that relocation is not an issue. If you are applying to jobs in a different city or state, you can still include your current address but mention in the cover letter or possibly even the summary of qualifications that you are in the process of relocating.
If you do not feel comfortable including your full address, put at least the city and state. This gives employers a general idea of your whereabouts, especially if you have been working remotely and the cities listed on your resume are varied. In many cases they can tell by past work experience or a phone number where you are located, and this information would be disclosed during an interview anyway.
- Most Convenient Phone Number
While it is tempting to list multiple numbers where a hiring manager can reach you, generally one will suffice. In today’s world most people have cell phones which allow them to receive calls regardless of whether they are home. This can also allow you to be in control of your messages and you don’t have to worry about someone else answering or forgetting to tell you that you received a call. Choose the number that you can be most easily reached on. Leave off fax numbers as they do not belong on your resume. The employer will call you if they need more information or to get paperwork to you.
- Professional Email Address
When it comes to your email address, steer clear of providing a work email unless you are applying internally for a job. Many employers screen email and may be suspicious if you are receiving information from competitors or other businesses. If your personal email is one you have had since college, or a nickname, consider setting up an account specifically for job searching. Select something professional and concise, such as your name. Make sure you remember to check this account frequently so you do not miss important messages.
Including a link to your LinkedIn profile can prove beneficial. This online platform allows you to add additional information and links not included on a standard print resume. Make sure that your hard copy and online copy of your resume match to provide a consistent impression.
The professionals at Chic Resumes can help to ensure that your resume meets current standards and expectations of recruiters and employers. From the basics such as contact information to more complex job experience, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today by calling (803) 831-7444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.