Your resume is oftentimes your best shot at getting noticed by employers, so it’s important to make sure that the document pulls readers in from the very beginning. The beginning of any resume is the heading, and writing an effective heading can leave a huge impact. Some common elements should be included in all headings, but there are steps you can take to break up the monotony.
Name Your name is probably the most essential piece of information to include on your resume. As such, it typically should be the first line of your resume heading. You want employers to remember your name, so consider making your name a slightly larger font than the remainder of the heading, or place it in bold or italics. Don’t get too crazy with the font and make it distracting. Rather, just make sure it stands out amongst the rest of the heading text.
Address Next, include your address. While you might have a P.O. box for privacy purposes, it is always best to include your street address in your resume heading. A street address portrays a more stable image, but if you have a truly valid reason–maybe you’re moving soon–for not disclosing your street address, it is permissible to list a P.O. box.
Phone Number Employers will need a phone number that they can contact you by, so it’s essential that you include the best phone number to reach you at in the heading of your resume. While you can list a work, home and mobile phone, it’s ideal to simply list one phone number so employers won’t be under the impression that they’ll have to track you down. Regardless of which phone number you choose to list, ensure that you have a pleasant voicemail set up so that employers will be more likely to leave a message. Also, nowadays it isn’t relevant to include a fax number in a resume since fax isn’t a primary form of communication between employers and job seekers anymore.
Email Address Email, however, is one of the most primary forms of communications between employers and job seekers, so make sure you include your primary email address. As with the phone number, you might have numerous email addresses, but only list one. Make sure you use a personal email address rather than a work one. Using a work email address could not only get you in trouble with your current employer, but it also makes a bad impression on your future one.
If you need help drafting an effective resume heading, check out some of the examples on this site for inspiration.
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