Your contact information gives hiring managers a way to get in touch with you. It also proves you’re a real person. Here’s what you need to know.
Your resume should always include your name, email address, and phone number.
For your name, list both your first and last name (no need for your middle name). Make sure this is the same name you use elsewhere online. For hiring paperwork purposes, it's best to use your legal name. If you go by a nickname, you can use that as your name on your resume or include it in parentheses. If you choose to use your legal name instead of a nickname on your resume, you can always make an employer aware of your nickname later in the process.
The email address you include should sound professional. In other words, don’t use an address you created when you were 13. However, it’s also not good form to use your current work email or an email that’s associated with a college or university. Use a free service like Gmail to create a basic email address using some iteration of your first and last name — like firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org depending on what’s available.
Finally, add your personal cell phone number. List your complete number including the area code. If you’re from the U.S. and applying for a job in another country, add the +1 U.S. dial code before your area code.
Contact information you don’t need to on your resume include:
Many job seekers wonder if they should put their website and/or social media links on their resume. Adding your LinkedIn profile URL to your resume is a good idea. You can also add a link to your personal website or portfolio. Recruiters can follow these links to see additional information about you.
When it comes to other social media profiles — like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook — only include these links if they’re relevant and you have the space. For instance, if you’re looking for a job as a social media manager, showcasing your personal profiles might help you get the gig. Otherwise, though, it’s probably not necessary — especially if your social media pages are private and/or you don’t post much.
It should go without saying that you need to make sure everything on your social media is appropriate and paints you in a good light. This goes even if you don’t put your social media links on your resume. Hiring managers are likely looking you up regardless of whether you give them a direct line.
In today’s day and age, it's no longer necessary to put your address on your resume. As long as you’ve given recruiters two other methods of contacting you (your email and phone number), you should be set. Plus, many jobs have remote work options.
Instead of your full mailing address, an alternative is to list your city and state, or city and country. For instance, add text reading “Atlanta, Georgia” or “Bogota, Colombia.” This will communicate to employers your time zone plus any local regulations they may need to be aware of.
You will need to provide your address at the time of onboarding, though, for tax purposes.
Your resume contact information should go at the top of the document. This is basic information that a recruiter needs to see before anything else. Create a header with your name and contact info. Here’s how this might look on an example from within the Teal Resume Builder:
Your name should be the largest font size. Then add the rest of your information either in the center of the page, or aligned left. If you add social media links, these should come last.
Make sure you also break up your contact information so it’s easier to read. The example above used bullet points and two separate lines. If you have the space, you can write your address on different lines to make it visually easier to read:
Adding your contact information to your resume is likely the easiest, fastest part of the entire resume process. But it’s still important to do it right — and the Teal Resume Builder can help. Our easy-to-use builder includes three professional resume templates you can use to design your own. Just input your contact information, education, and work history. Then export your finished resume to send to hiring managers. Teal’s Resume Builder makes it easy to format your resume contact information.