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Q: How should I write my name, address, and social media on my resume?

Is there a right way to add your name and address on a resume? And if so, how should I format them? – Tamara D.

When you're writing a resume, it's important to include all of your pertinent contact information at the top so employers and recruiters can easily locate it. While this resume tip may seem obvious, a TopResume study found that one in four people either forget to include all of the necessary details or fail to format them in a way that can be detected by the software employers use to organize and manage their inbound applications.

Below is everything you need to know about including contact information on a resume and formatting it for success.

What to include in your resume contact information section

Full Name

Include your first and last name on your resume. If you have a very common name – think “James Smith” or “Maria Garcia” – consider including your middle name or middle initial to help distinguish you from the other 30,000+ professionals who share your full name.

Preferred Name: If you typically use a preferred name at work, it's perfectly acceptable to list that name instead of your legal name on your resume. For instance, some professionals continue to use their maiden name at work after they've married and legally changed their last name to that of their spouse. Others prefer to go by a nickname for their first name to avoid gender bias or racial discrimination during the job search.

Examples: How to Write Your Name on Your Resume

  • Maeve (Nelson) Hunter | Maeve Nelson | Maeve Hunter

  • William H. Keener, Jr. | Bill Keener, Jr. | William Keener

  • Allie Bostwick | Allison (Allie) Bostwick | Allison Bostwick

  • S. Schaffer | Sam Schaffer | Samantha Schaffer

  • Khalid “Kal” Hassan | Khalid Hassan | Kal Hassan

Credentials as Suffixes: If you have earned an advanced degree or certification that is required for or considered desirable in your field, be sure to include its initials after your name. By mentioning this credential at the top of your resume and elaborating on its details further down in the document, you're increasing the chances that recruiters will notice this important selling point during their initial, cursory review of your job application. For example:

  • Joshua Eggleston, RN

  • Avery Thiele, PMP, SSGB

  • Jesse Warch, MBA

However you decide to write your name on your resume, be consistent. Your name should be represented the same way on your business cards, cover letters, email signature, relevant social media channels, blog or portfolio, and so forth.

Mailing Address

I've been asked numerous times how to write an address on a resume, but the truth is that it's no longer necessary to include your full mailing address. These days, many job seekers avoid adding all of this contact information because of concerns over identity theft or personal security, while others want to use that valuable resume space for other details that promote their qualifications.

If you're looking for a job within a commutable distance from your home, include your city, state, and zip code on your resume. If you're conducting a long-distance job search or you're open to relocation, you may opt to not include any mailing address information at all.

Related: The Essential Parts of a Resume, Explained

Email Address

If you're still using an old AOL or Hotmail address to manage your email, it's time for an upgrade. Create a new, professional-looking email address for all your job-search activities with a modern provider like Gmail. Where possible, incorporate your name or your specialty into your email address, such as “jodi.a.lyon@email.com” or “jlyon.cpa@email.com.”

Phone Number

Never use your work phone number on your resume –– that's the quickest way to make your confidential job search not-so-confidential. Instead, include your personal cell phone number. That way, you have control over the voicemail message, who answers the phone, and when it is answered. When setting up your voicemail, be sure to include your name in the message so employers know they have called the right person.

When it comes to listing your phone number on your resume, there are a number of different formats that are considered acceptable:

  • 555-867-5309 | (555) 867-5309 | 555.867.5309

You can also choose to put a label in front of your phone number such as “Tel:”, “Ph:”, “Phone:”, “C:”, or “M:” (for mobile).

Social Media

Including social media on a resume has become commonplace. In fact, studies show that most recruiters will search for your online profiles before deciding whether to interview you. By including the most relevant social media links on your resume, you're saving recruiters time and providing them with the details they care about. Start by adding the link to your public LinkedIn profile. Other social media accounts should only be mentioned on your resume if they're related to your profession. If you work in a creative field, for example, consider adding a link to your online portfolio or blog as well. Whichever links you decide to include on your resume, be sure that they will support, rather than sabotage, your job-search efforts and that they are kept up to date.

How to format your resume contact information

Place your contact information at the very top of your resume so recruiters can't miss it. If you're using Word, be sure to not place these important details in the header section of the document, as not all applicant tracking systems are able to properly read and parse information stored in this section of a Word document.

Place your name at the top of this section, using a larger font size than the other pieces of contact information so that it stands out. Depending on how much space you have to work with, you can place the rest of your contact details in one or two lines, located just below your name. Below are a few examples of how you can format the contact information on your resume.

Resume Contact Information, Example 1:

Resume Contact Information, Example 2:

Resume Contact Information, Example 3:

Click on the following link to view all of our resume samples and see the many ways you can format your name and address on a resume.

Need help formatting your resume for success? TopResume's expert writers can help.

Amanda Augustine is a certified professional career coach (CPCC) and resume writer (CPRW) and the resident career expert for Talent Inc.'s suite of brands: TopResume, TopCV, and TopInterview. On a regular basis, she answers user questions like the one above. Have a question? Take a look at her career advice or ask a question on her Quora page.

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