How to Write Contact Information on a Resume

Contact information is a simple but important element of your resume. Make sure you’re correctly displaying your contact information using these tips.

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When you submit a job application, one of the most important things you need to include is your contact information. Your contact info is how a recruiter will call you back for a job interview if they decide that they’re interested in you. Additionally, it gives a bit more information about who you are and makes your resume look more professional. Here’s what you need to know about including a contact information section on your resume, no matter what resume templates you’re utilizing.

What Contact Information Do I Need on My Resume?

There are some pieces of contact information that you definitely need to have on your resume. Typically, these three pieces are the most important:

  • Full name
  • Professional email address
  • Phone number

Note that you need to have a professional email address so that a hiring manager can contact you effectively. It’s also usually best to include your cell phone number. That way, you’re more likely to pick up when a hiring manager calls. If you do, then make sure your voicemail greeting is also professional, so you’re not embarrassed if the manager decides to leave a voicemail message.

 
There are also pieces of information that are optional. These aren’t necessary, but they might help you in getting your new job. Here are a few pieces of information that can catch the eye of a potential employer:

  • Physical address/Mailing address
  • Personal website/Online portfolio
  • Job networking profile links such as LinkedIn
  • Other social media profiles
  • Professional website
  • Blog

Some of these are more widely recommended than others. For example, not everyone recommends adding your street address. However, a professional resume may include any and all of these pieces of contact information.


How To Flesh Out Contact Information on a Resume

First of all, you need to set up professional social media profiles. This may include Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn profiles. It’s also important to personalize your handles and your LinkedIn URL to make it easier for someone to find them and to ensure they look good on your resume.
 
Next, create a professional Gmail account. An unprofessional email address or an old work email address from a previous or current employer both look unseemly on your resume. Instead, if you don’t have one, create a new email account that’s all for official job-search communication.
 
You should also strategically place this contact information. Typically, contact information goes in your resume header. That’s at the very top of your resume, above all your work experience, education section and everything else. Most of the time, people consider it an extension of the resume design, which helps your whole resume fit on one page.

How to Add Contact Information to Your Resume More Easily

If you want to make sure your contact information fits right in with the rest of your resume writing, then it’s best to use a resume style that really works for you. The good news is that if you’re struggling with starting your job search, there are plenty of options to start writing your resume.
 
The ResumeHelp resume builder is the ideal starting point for anyone who’s never written a resume before. Here, you can find 15 templates, over 50,000 resume examples and tips and tricks for your job search. If you’re really looking for a way to stand out against other job seekers, then this is definitely the step you need to take.


FAQ: Resume Contact Information

Q: What information should I not include on my resume?

While your full name and social media handles are safe to include on your resume, there are some pieces of information that you shouldn’t include on your resume. Some people don’t recommend listing your full address on a resume, although this is more of a discussion than a hard-and-fast rule. One thing that’s definitely important to avoid, however, is an unprofessional email address. You need to make sure all of your links are super-professional. Setting up professional profiles helps you add information to your professional resume without worrying about something inappropriate turning up.

Q: Can I include professional abbreviations on my resume?

Yes. Include them typically after your name, separated by a comma. For example, you could write “Kay Decosa, R.N.” or “Tracee Bemis, Ph.D.” This gives the recruiter an immediate idea of your professional skills, which can aid in your job search, as a hiring manager typically only spends a few seconds deciding whether or not to keep looking at your resume or to pass it by and move on to the next one.

Q: Is it a good idea to list your address if you’re relocating?

Deciding whether or not to put your address on your resume can be difficult. Most of the time, it’s suggested that you put your city and state but not the rest of your address. If you’re relocating, then it’s typically still okay to include this information; after all, if you’re applying for a job in New Mexico and all your work history is in New York, the company will likely notice anyway. However, it’s a good idea to then mention in your cover letter that you’re interested in relocating.

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