Resume Writing Advice: Personal Information in a Resume

Personal Information

Your personal contact information is the most important component of your resume. Personal information consists of all the necessary information a prospective employer would need to contact you. Make sure to include your name, address, and telephone number (including area code), at a minimum and preferably an e-mail address. List your personal information as you would like it to appear at the top of your resume. If you would like to include your middle initial or middle name, then include this information following your first name into the first field.

Insider Tip: Try adding your name in ALL CAPS or increasing the font size. This will make your name stand out more and may be more memorable to a potential employer. 

Consider including a Web site address, cellular phone number, pager number, or answering service number as an alternate means of being contacted. If you are currently employed and cannot be contacted at your current workplace, include a home or cellular number as your primary contact number instead. However, if you have a private telephone line with voicemail at your current workplace, then include your work number. Also, in certain instances your current employer will be aware that you are accepting telephone calls from prospective employers. For example, you may be involved in a merger or down-sizing activity where your employer provides outplacement and job search support.

Insider Tip: If you have professional credentials or certifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for or are required by your career, your resume should indicate this. For example, if you are a certified public accountant consider writing your name “Mark Anthony – C.P.A”. However, use your discretion when deciding whether or not to include this information on your resume, as it may be advantageous in some positions and not in others.

Lastly, if your resume is more than one page, do not forget to include your contact information on the second page.

Questions and Answers – Personal Contact Information

Should I include my work number?

If you have a direct telephone number with voicemail at your current job and are able to speak freely during a phone interview, consider including your work number. However, label this number “Work:” so that employers will know to call during the daytime. If you are contacted by a prospective employer while at work and are unable to have a private conversation, then schedule a time to return the phone call.

Should I include my cellular telephone number within my contact information?

Many job seekers use their cellular telephone number as their primary contact number on a resume. However, if you are expecting a phone call from an employer, make sure you are in a quiet location with good reception before you begin talking to a potential employer.

Should I use my nickname or my given name on my resume?

It is more common for business professionals to use their formal name on a resume. Additionally, including your middle initial can make your resume sound more official. However, this is also the name an employer will use to address you during the interview. If you feel more comfortable using your nickname or would prefer to be addressed by your nickname, you may include this information in parentheses after your given name.

Should I include a Job Target?

The majority of employers prefer to quickly determine whether you are a good fit for the position. If you are applying for jobs that directly match your qualifications, then including a headline that matches your job objective will be enough to get your resume into the right pile.

Examples – Personal Contact Information

Jean Adams

143 Broad Street • Phoenix, AZ  86754 • (623) 555-3425 • [email protected]

 

 

Jordan Robertson, CFO

2216 Cold Meadow Way, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Office (301) 438-7200, Home (301) 555-7242, [email protected]

 

Drew Sterling

4203 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 23855  Work (214) 555-1284, Home (214) 555-1284, [email protected]