Most resumes include a section for simple contact information. Typically, this resume contact information is displayed near the top, right under the person’s name. This information typically includes phone number, email address, and physical location. However, there may be instances where it would be better to change a piece of contact, or omit it completely. In this article, we will cover the advantages and disadvantages to the amount of contact information on a resume.
The email address is the most important piece of contact information on a resume. Employers and hiring managers will use this email address to email you regarding a follow up interview or meeting. That being said, hiring managers will always look at an email address. Taking this into consideration, it is important to have an email address that looks professional. You may even want to create an entirely new email address just for your job search, so that you don’t confuse any important emails in your general spam. A professional-looking email will include things relating to your name only. For those with more common names, the email addresses might already be taken, so a certain level of creativity will be required. Things to try out are first name last initial, first initial last name, full first and last names, and if that is taken, you can try first name last name location. For example, is someone’s name is Sarah Griffin from New York City, they could try email addresses like SarahG, SGriffin, SarahGriffin, or SarahGriffinNYC. Things to avoid with email addresses are childish numbers and nickname usernames. Unprofessional emails listed in your resume contact information is a quick way to have your resume end up in the trash.
Addresses are less relevant on resumes now than they used to be. Email addresses have made physical addresses somewhat useless on a resume, since an employer will always email you instead of sending physical mail.
However, including a physical address can help show that you are actually a located near an employer’s office. If you live over an hour away from the job you’re applying to, the hiring manager may begin to question your reliability. So if you live close to the company, you should include your physical address to demonstrate. There are some downfalls to including a home address on a resume. Hiring managers can google search a home address and find out about your socioeconomic status if your home was recently listed on websites like zillow. At the end of the day, a physical address can be nice to include, but it is not crucial to the job search process.
Phone numbers are just as important on a resume as an email address. This will be the number used if you have any sort of phone interview prior to an in-person interview. It is important to just provide one phone number, so the employer doesn’t have any confusion as to which number to call. It is also very important to make sure that the number is up to date and does not have any typos. If you are trying to apply to positions in another city and want to avoid looking like an outsider, consider getting a local google phone number. With google voice, you can get a free phone number in whichever zip code you choose. This is an easy enhancement to your resume contact information without giving away your cell phone number. Check out our tips on how to find a job in a different city - using a google voice number can help there as well.
If you have a personal website where you host a portfolio, it is appropriate to link to it in the resume contact information section. If you do not have a personal website, don’t worry. Personal websites, for the most part, help show off your past creations. It can be a great way to boost your resume, but for most jobs, it is not a deal breaker if you do not have one.
Recently, many job seekers have started to link their social profiles in the contact section of a resume. This is not required and definitely not common, but it may be helpful depending on what types of jobs you are applying for. If you have a strong social media following and it could be seen as a positive in your applications, then go ahead and include them in there. For job seekers who do not have impressive followings and aren’t influencers and models, this is less important and it is best to just not include.
All in all, the most crucial pieces to include in your contact information are email address and phone number. These will be used by employers and hiring managers when reaching out to you after they have received your resume. That being said, it is extremely important for your email address and phone number to have no spelling errors. Other resume contact information such as physical address can help your resume, but are not as required as email address and phone number.