While it seems obvious to include contact information, employers tell us that some applicants neglect or choose not to include complete contact information on their resumes. From the employers’ perspective, it is essential that you provide this information if you are serious about gaining employment.
Where Do I Put My Contact Information?
Your contact information typically appears at the top of your resume in a relatively large, standard, readable font. Explore resume books for examples of how the information can be presented (there are some interesting ways to do this).
What Information Should I Include?
Your full name – use the name you would sign on a legal document (did you know that your resume is a legal document?).
Your address – street address, city, province and postal code.
Note: It is recommended that you include a permanent address. Students often wish to include their temporary school address, along with the date until which they can be contacted there.
Your phone number – use a number which you check regularly and ensure that your voice mail message sounds professional. If others may be answering your phone prepare them so that they can take the message and sound professional.
Your email address - again, use a professional email address (not one like firstname.lastname@example.org). It is advised that you do not use your work email address. If needed, create a new “job search” email address, without a hyperlink.
Check your phone and email messages regularly when you are job searching.
Remember that it is critical that the employer can find you. They will ONLY try to contact you once!
If your contact information changes for some reason, it is imperative that you contact any employers who might have your application on file.