How to list your contact information on a resume


Although your contact details are the most important information on your resume, we rarely talk about how you must add them to the document. The contact information section is a mandatory resume section. If you do not include your contact details on the resume, potential employers will have no method to get in touch with you about job opportunities.

Employers skim the contact information section briefly while reviewing a resume. However, that does not mean that you should give it any less attention than what you give for the other resume sections. Let’s discuss everything there is to know about adding your contact information to a resume.

Where should you place contact information on a resume?

The best place to position your contact information on a resume is at the very top of the document, right below your name. This way, hiring managers, employers, and ATSs can all spot your contact details without any trouble. Never place your contact information in the header or footer of the document, as ATSs do not read the information mentioned there.

What information must you list as your contact details?

There are a few vital pieces of information that you must mention on your resume for a recruiter to be able to contact you. They are:

  • Your name and surname
  • Phone number
  • City and state
  • Email address

Other than this information, you can include elements to make your resume interactive. Some good examples are:

  • A link to your LinkedIn profile
  • Links to your social media which are related to the job
  • A link to your digital portfolio/blog/website

If you are applying for a remote job or a job abroad, you will need to mention your Skype or Zoom contact details as well.

How should you mention your contact information on a resume?

Let’s take a look at how you must mention each piece of your contact information on a resume.

Name and surname

Your name must be the most prominent thing on your resume. Avoid using your nicknames for the job application. Use the name you have used for your passport or driver’s license. You should not use prefixes such as Ms. or Mr. before your name.

Location

Employers no longer contact job applicants via snail mail, so you don’t need to include your full address on the resume. Just mentioning your city and state is sufficient. If you are on an international job search, you need to mention the country. If you are planning to relocate for the job, add your destination city and state to the resume.

Phone number

Your employers will be getting in touch with you primarily through phone calls. Ensure that your phone number is spelled correctly. Avoid using your work phone number for job applications. Also, don’t add multiple numbers and confuse employers. If you are looking for jobs abroad, don’t forget to add the country code (+1) to the phone number.

Email address

Use a professional email address for your job search. If you don’t have one, create one using a combination of your name and surname. Don’t make the mistake of adding your birth year to your email address. Never use an unprofessional email address for your job search.

Skype or Zoom

This information is most necessary when you are applying for a job abroad. Mention the username or email address linked to your Skype or Zoom account.

LinkedIn

Potential employers will check you out using LinkedIn when you send in a job application. Make it easier for them by directing them to your LinkedIn profile with a clear link. Create a customized LinkedIn URL for your profile and ensure that the profile is up to date.

Social media

Be careful when you add links to your social media to your resume. Only direct employers to your social media when you have shared relevant content to the job on the platform. You can also direct employers to social media pages you maintain for your creative arts.

Portfolio

If you have a digital portfolio that is available online, you must direct potential employers to it. Add a link to your portfolio, blog, or personal website to your resume. Ensure that the link takes visitors directly to your site.

By Resume Mansion

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