Tips for Listing Contact Information on Your Resume

By Laura DeCarlo

No matter which resume format your experience requires you to choose, place your name first on your resume. If your name isn’t first, a computer may mistake Excellent Sales Representative for your name and file you away as Ms. Representative.

Use boldface to display your name in a size range of 14- to 26-point typeface, depending on your preference. The rest of your contact information can appear in 10- to 12-point typeface. Keep adjusting type sizes until you get the visual effect you prefer.

Here’s a shocker: Except for specific and overriding reasons, limit contact information to your

  • Email address. This is your single most important contact data point because that’s how the majority of employers will initially contact you.

    Don’t use a work email address on your resume; use a personal email address instead. If you use your work address, a prospective employer will see this as taking advantage of your employer and wonder what you would do if you were to work for them.

    Additionally, if you have a personal email address that isn’t professional sounding (rockinralph@gmail.com or mommalovespugs@gmail.com), please sign up for a simple, professional-sounding address. jillk123@gmail.com is much better! Also, avoid creating email addresses with your birth year in them. You don’t want to give away your age before the prospective employer even sees you!

    If you have them, you can add your website or blog, web portfolio, and social media page URLs. (Caveat: Don’t go overboard with social media extras or readers may wonder whether you’re too busy being social to work hard. Consider listing just one professional site, such as LinkedIn.)

  • Phone number. Some employers prefer to pick up the phone and give you a call. Select the phone number where you can most easily be reached.

  • City and state of residence. This information shows you have roots. Employers understandably resist springing for relocation costs unless the talent they seek isn’t available locally.

    If you live in a large metro area, a commute might be an hour or more from your suburb to the prospective workplace. Therefore, you may be better off not listing your city and state at all. Watch for these positions and leave off your location; go with just your phone number and email address.

Why has there been a reduction in the recommended amount of contact information? Long answer short: technology and crime. The need for a home street address has passed into history because employers are now far more likely to communicate by Internet than by postal mail. What’s more, rising concerns about identity theft and privacy loss argue against listing a home street address unless there is an overriding reason to do so.

The first page of your resume is valuable real estate: Ditching unnecessary text like your street address is akin to clearing weeds out of your lawn. Why not leave blank any unused white space to make your resume more open and readable, or use it for key information that markets you?