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Resume header

The header should state your name and contact information.

  1. Your name should be clearly stated in print.
  2. Your contact information should include:
    • Postal address
    • Telephone
    • Email Address
Example 1


503 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11103, cell: (646) 722-2248, email:

The format may vary, but ensure that your name stands out. Here is the same information in a less condensed format:

Example 2


503 31st Street, Astoria,
NY 11103
(646) 722-2248 (cell)

Useful Tips

  • Don't write the word “Resume” or “Resume of MARY DONOVAN” at the very top. It is obvious that this is your resume!
  • Employers will probably contact you by email or phone. However having a postal address is necessary for receiving documents such as an offer letter.
  • If you plan to move during your job hunting, provide the postal address of a close friend or relative.
  • You can provide several phone numbers (cell, home, etc.). Avoid including in your resume the number at your current workplace. That may be perceived as “bad use of work time and resources” by prospective employers.
  • You should include one email address only. It should be your personal email account. If you don’t have an email account, go to Google or Yahoo and open one! Make sure that you check your email regularly.
  • Is it a good idea to use your email at your current workplace? Probably not. Understand that most large corporations screen emails, so don’t do it unless your current employer knows that you are looking for a new job. Even then, you may want to avoid it.
  • If you do not want your current employer to be contacted, you can write the word “CONFIDENTIAL” in the header of your resume. There is no guarantee, however, that your confidentiality request will be honored.
  • Should you include a passport-size photo in your resume? The typical answer is No, unless you are specifically asked to do so. Common wisdom says that recruiters will judge you based on irrelevant visual stimulus; you reveal personal information (age, race, gender and the like) too early and may be discriminated without even realising it. In my personal experience, however, a photo can make you stand out from a pile of applicants. This article in Forbes appears to agree.

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