It might seem that contact information takes a minor role in writing a resume. However, the way you put contact information is crucial for your resume. First of all, it must be placed at the top of the document. Nobody wants to spend their time reading a resume if it’s impossible to contact the owner. Second, since it goes at the very beginning of the resume, you should pay attention to even the smallest details here.
There are some rules to help you with your perfect resume contacts:
1. Specify your name, address, phone number, and email address;
2. Make sure you write your full name, not a nickname or how your grandma calls you;
3. Specify your address. If you are concerned about your privacy you can specify it in a shorter way that is usually fine for the employers. For example, City/State/Zip will be a good alternative. Sometimes, you might omit your address, e.g. when applying for a remote job, etc.
4. Create an email that looks professional if you don’t want your resume to be trashed once received. Instead of using your childhood email box named firstname.lastname@example.org create a proper one. Something like email@example.com would be a great option;
5. Add your valid phone number and turn on the phone 🙂;
6. You can optionally add links to the relevant social networks, for example, LinkedIn. Depending on your position it might be also Github, Dribbble, Behance, Medium, etc. Just make sure that the link relates to your professional resume, i.e. there’s no need to specify your Instagram profile if you apply for a Software Developer position.
7. Optionally you may specify an alternative way to contact you, e.g. your Skype Id.
It’s also recommended to specify a resume headline next to the contacts section. Why? It’s easy: headline will let the reader to immediately determine the context of your resume. It also helps recruiters to quickly filter resumes for an opening, so providing this information adds +1 to the general impression about your resume.
The quick way to write the headline on your resume is to use the name of the position you’re applying for, e.g. “Senior Software Developer”, “Sales Executive with Experience in Insurance Management”, “Detail-Oriented QA with Selenium Automation Experience”, etc.
As you can see, there is quite easy to make your resume contacts look professional. It’s sad but true that many candidates do not pay enough attention to the contacts in their resumes and therefore get the slight chances to win the job. By just following these straightforward rules you’ll make sure you are not one of them.