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How to include contact information on your resume?

Your contact information section is the essential part of your resume.

Tomas Ondrejka avatar
Written by Tomas Ondrejka
Updated over a week ago

Your contact information gives HR managers a rough idea about who you are. 

Here's what kind of information to include there:

  • Name. Absolutely necessary. Put your first name first, last name last. Middle name is optional. If you’re applying for a position in a traditional field, add your PhD, MBA, or other titles to it.

  • Title. Optional. Tells the future employer who you are. Brand Strategist? Product manager? A subtitle to your name.

  • Email address. Absolutely necessary, even when sending your application by email. Your email address should look professional (e.g., NOT Always use your personal email address.

  • Mailing address. Somewhat problematic. Your neighbourhood says a lot about who you are and, in some cases, can be a reason for discrimination. On the other hand, if you’re located in the same city as the company, it can help you get the job, as it helps them save the money they would otherwise spend on a relocation package.

  • Phone number. Necessary. Many employers will call you by phone to arrange an interview, instead of doing it by email.

  • LinkedIn. Recommended. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, consider creating it. Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date.

  • Social media. Optional. Include it if it’s related to your job. GitHub, Behance, Muck Rack, even your Facebook or Instagram profile will do (if you regularly post content that has to do with your profession).

  • Blog/Website. Optional. Similar to social media. If you have a blog, website, or a portfolio related to your chosen profession, don’t be afraid to show it off.

  • Photo. Problematic. Depends on the country. In most English-speaking countries, they don’t add a photo. See Should You Include a Photo on Your Resume? for a more detailed analysis.

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