How to write contact information in Resume

It is vital that reader can spot, at a glance, not only your name but also precisely how to contact you. Your resume should be headed with your name – boldly and clearly before any other details. Do not write ‘RESUME’ or ‘CV’. Type just your name. Including your all contact information is very important as he will be able to contact you once your resume is shortlisted. Leave a space or put a horizontal line between the end of your contact section and the next section of your resume. Putting your LinkedIn or personal website URL can help you condense your resume to one page and still giving reader a chance to look into details if in case he is interested.

Many people ask common questions like

  1. What if my name is difficult to pronounce?
  2. Do you have to state ‘official’ or name on the passport?
  3. What if my gender is not obvious from name?

Answers to these questions are really simple. Within limits of common sense – call yourself what you like to be called. There are no legal restrictions provided you are not attempting a fraud. If you use abbreviated name first name on regular basis, there is no reason why you should not put on resume. Also, if your gender is not obvious then include title {Mr, Mrs etc} on your resume before your first name.

 You contact information must have following:

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
LinkedIn or Personal Website URL (if you have one)

Choose the best Resume Font

There are a few reasons why it’s important to keep your resume simple. First of all, many of them are read by the applicant tracking systems I mentioned, not by people. Those systems work best reading text rather than fancy formatting. It is critical not to go over the top with fancy layouts, typefaces etc. They can detract and confuse.

It’s also important for the hiring manager to be able to easily read your resume. Using a 10 or 12 point font will ensure that your resume is read. Basic fonts like Arial, Verdana, Calibri, and Times New Roman work well.  A clear conservative impression is always preferable, except in specific cases such as architecture and graphic design, where you are entitled to showcase your creative side.

Bold Font:  Its certainly good idea to use bold fonts but use it sparingly – to highlight headings and separate sections. It can also be used to draw a reader’s attention to certain keywords he is digging for. But avoid it for highlighting less important information for example employer’s name.

Italic: If you want to highlight a particular sections of resume use Italic. You can use quotes with this formatting and in case you are using, do not forget to use right attributions, such as author’s name and publication.

SIZE: Try to keep it to 11 to 12 points in general. You may use very limited 10 point and of course use 13 point for main headings including your name at the top. But majority of the text should be maintained 11 or 12 points. Also keep your headings consistent in size and the body copy consistent.