Including Your Contact Information On A Resume Or Cover Letter
During the job application process you’ll see that applications require you to include your professional contact information as part of your resume and cover letter. I’m going to show you exactly what you should do and what you shouldn’t do when filling out this section of your resume or cover letter.
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Why Companies Need Your Contact Information
Most likely, you’ve submitted your application through an online job portal. In that job portal, it asks you for your contact information. So you might be wondering, why do they need it again?
The reason is that if you were to go in for an interview, the Human Resources department prints out your resume and cover letter for the interviewer. During that session, they might reference what’s on your contact information. For example, they know to call you “Patrick” instead of “Pat” because it’s how you address yourself in the contact information.
What Should Not Go In Your Contact Information Section
Here are a few things you want to avoid putting into your contact information section. For the most part, they would be unnecessary:
- A small line of text that alludes to your awards or merits. Something like “8 awards won” right beneath your name. Avoid trying to have a tagline here as it won’t help.
- A quote or something personal. Once again, this falls within the over-personalization category. And it’s simply unnecessary.
- The role you are applying for. You don’t need to list it here. Something like, “Applying for Project Manager”. The interviewer will know what job you’re applying for.
Keep your contact information professional, clean, and easy to read.
What You Should Include In Your Contact Information Section
Here are a few things that you should include:
- Your full name. If you can, use “Mr” or “Mrs” or “Ms” has part of your formal addressing of yourself in the cover letter or resume. Something like, “Mr. John D. Smith”. This makes your introduction more formal and contains the highest form of business etiquette.
- Your full address. Listing your full address can be helpful for Human Resource departments if they were to move forward with your application. If you are applying for a job out of state then include another address line but mention the address you’ll be moving to and the date of which you’ll be moving there.
- Your phone number. This is so that they can reach you in case there was a mistake with the interview time or similar. Be sure you look over this twice as it can be easy to place a typo in this section.
- Your email address. Similar to the phone number, this is used in case they need to contact you.
- Your personal website or LinkedIn. Including your personal website or LinkedIn profile can be helpful for future interviewers. It gives them the opportunity to learn more about you before your interview.
If you want to stand out, try thinking about an additional line to your contact information that includes your social media handles. Be aware, you should only do this if you’re applying for a job where your social media handles can help. For example, if you’re applying for a finance position and speak about finance often on your Twitter account; include it.
Or if you are applying for the role of a social media coordinator and you want to show how many Instagram followers you’ve been able to get; include it.
Best Example Contact Information Section
Here is an example of what you should put for your contact information section:
Mr. John D. Smith
123 Road St., New York, NY 12211
Best Example Contact Information Section When Applying For Jobs Out Of State
Here is what your contact information section should look like if you’re applying for a job out of state:
Mr. John D. Smith
123 Road St., New York, NY 12211
Relocating to: 123 Street Road, San Francisco CA 94112
Reloacting on: 8/4/20
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