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Improve your resume: Contact information

Updated: Jun 6

This is Part 1 of a series of posts on improving your resume. We’re going to start with the basics and move progressively to the harder sections. Let's start with your contact information.


Your contact information should always be located at the top of your resume. This makes it easy for a recruiter to contact you should they choose to do so.


1) Name

Your name is of the highest importance and should be slightly larger than the section headers you have later on in your resume. This should be in a separate line, by itself.


2) Phone number

Use the international and local codes, and follow any standard format that phone numbers in your country are displayed in.

For example: +91 98450 98450 or +1 (555) 555-5555


3) Email address

Your email address should be some version of firstname.lastname@xyz.com. Try not to use email addresses that may look unprofessional, such as darthvaderzzz@gmail.com.


4) LinkedIn information

Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is updated, and add your LinkedIn profile to your resume. When adding your LinkedIn URL, use a vanity URL and remove the “https://www.” from the link.


5) Location (optional)

It is not necessary to specify your exact house address, such as No. 1/11, 4th C Street, 6th Main, Koramangala, Bangalore. Instead, include only an area, city, and state, such as Koramangala, Bangalore.

In the example below, you can see that Nivedita’s contact information takes up a lot of space on her resume. In addition, there are several errors. Please note that this is a fictional example, for illustration purposes only.



In the second example below, we have helped Nivedita clean up the contact information section of her resume. This version takes up much less space, and the information included is clear, precise, and easy to read. We strongly recommend using a format similar to this one to display your contact information!


Stay tuned for our next post!


View our previous posts in this series:

1 - Improve your resume: Contact information

2 - 7 ways to improve the education section of your resume

3 - 9 tips to improve the work experience section of your resume

4 - Should I add a summary or skills to my resume?

5 - Optional sections on your resume

6 - Finishing touches on a resume


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