After you select your resume format, it’s time to start building. Before you get to your experience and job skills, you need to make sure you begin your resume with accurate and concise contact information.
Let's go over some of the basics that you should consider when placing your contact information on your resume, piece by piece.
- Your first and last name are sufficient. A middle initial is adequate if your first and last name are considered generic, like John Smith.
- If your resume is more than one page, put your name on each page in the same place.
- Under very few circumstances should you use nicknames. For instance, if you are named “Richard” but you are known as “Rich,” list your full name on your resume.
- If you are applying for a local job, feel free to include your address on your resume.
- If you are applying for a job in another location, your address is not necessary.
- If you do decide to include your address on your resume, list your full mailing address in a standard, two-line format.
- Do not list a P.O. Box.
- List a number that is specifically yours, not a general work phone number.
- Write your number with area code first in the format (XXX) XXX-XXXX.
- Set up a professional voicemail greeting which includes your name and phone number in case you receive a call from a potential employer that you do not answer.
- Use a personal, yet professional-looking email address, such as email@example.com.
- If you do not have a professional-looking email address, create a free account on Gmail.
- Avoid using a work email address if possible.
- Make sure that you check your email regularly.
social media and online portfolio links.
- You may choose to include a link to your social media profile or an online portfolio (depending on the role for which you are applying). Unless it is required during the application process, consider this optional; however, if you feel it would increase your chances of landing an interview, you should include it.
- LinkedIn is the most professional platform for business. If you are asked for a social media link, give your LinkedIn profile.
- Make sure that online portfolio links are valid and typed correctly. Using a URL shortener may look less professional than a custom URL with your name. Wix, Weebly and WordPress all have templates for professional looking online portfolios.
- Delete unprofessional social media profiles before your job search, regardless of whether they are associated with your name or not. They can and will be found.
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