Get strategic about the contact information on your resume

Have you ever asked yourself, “what contact information should I put on my resume?” Probably not. Without a second thought, many people include their home address, multiple phone numbers and personal email address, just like when they fill out the “ship to” information when shopping online.

This post outlines a few things to keep in mind to help increase the likelihood that your resume gets reviewed beyond the first few lines.

Before reading ahead, remember that the contact information that you choose to put on your resume is up to you. You want to make it as easy as possible for a potential employer to get in touch with you. But, it’s not like there’s red asterisks indicating mandatory fields, so it’s okay if you leave something out if you have rationale to do so.

Your home address – If you live far from a potential employer’s workplace, you might not want to put your address on your resume. Even though commuting to work and being there on time is your responsibility, a hiring manager might think there’s a risk of absenteeism associated with a long travel distance. Weather, traffic jams, early or late meetings, or responsibilities at home can interfere with even the most well-planned train or car route. If your commute is an hour or more, play it safe and leave your address off your resume.

Your email address – Did you know that 76 per cent of resumes are discarded for having an unprofessional email address? Geez, that’s a lot! Double-check that the email address on your resume is job-search ready. A combination of your first, middle and/or last names or initials is a good start. Ditch embarrassing or silly email user names, and avoid putting your birth year in your user name too. This means you, “highroller007” and “hottie1990.” Also, make sure your email domain is modern, which means that is in, while is out.

Your phone number – If you already have a job but are searching for a new one, and your current employer has issued you a phone that’s company property, avoid putting this phone’s number on your resume. An email address alone is sufficient if you don’t have another phone. If you feel that you need your own phone number, check out Google Voice. Google Voice gives you a free phone number for calls, texts and voicemail, which you can access via an app or with a cell phone or landline.

And speaking of landlines, if you’re one of the few folks who still have one at home, there’s no need to list it on your resume. This will allow you to avoid the risk of missing a call while you’re out, or having someone else pick up and forget to give you the message.

Your social media handles – It’s likely that a hiring manager will check out your LinkedIn profile as part of the candidate vetting process. Ensure that the work history in your profile matches the information on your resume. Include the link to your LinkedIn profile, especially if you have a common name.

Also, consider including your Instagram or Twitter handles if you use them professionally. Not only would proactively sharing them help hiring managers get to know you, but it would demonstrate that you can use these tools, which is especially helpful if you work in public relations, communications, advertising or digital media.

While you’re at it, if you have social media profiles under your name that include personal, risqué, political or highly-opinionated content, make them private as soon as possible, even if you don’t list these handles on your resume. You can bet that potential employers will Google you, and you don’t want questionable information or images to tarnish their perceptions and take you out of the running for a job. Read more about the importance of Googling yourself here.

Do you think you’ll change your contact information section based on the information above? How? Share in the comments.

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