Nowadays it’s not unusual to find an e-mail address, a toll-free 800 number, a website / blog listing, a cell phone number, a fax number, and that’s just on the front of the card. Businesses provide these numbers and links to make it easy for customers to gain access to their products.
Take a lesson from these business because Now you are the product. Make yourself easily accessible to your “customers.” Technology makes it possible for employers and recruiters to reach you immediately, and if they can’t, they’ll find someone else. An employment agency owner tells the story of a sales manager who lost an opportunity because she was out-of-pocket too long.
The candidate has not promptly checked messages on her home answering machine and missed the window of time for an important first round of interviews. The candidate who ultimately landed the job was less qualified, but he was more accessible.
Resume Contact Information pieces
The following list includes twelve pieces of contact information, that you might use on your resume to make sure employers can reach you easily. Keep in mind that, on a paper resume, your name, phone number, and e-mail address are the most important elements.
If you allotted one line for every piece of information, you could take up as many as 11 lines on the resume. Obviously, we don’t recommend using this many because it will detract from the visual appeal, make the resume look cluttered, and steal the limited space available for the text portion of your resume. So later I’ll show you how to combine to take up less space but still give ample resume contact information.
Contact Information Worksheet
- Street address
- City, state, ZIP code
- Residence telephone number
- Business telephone number
- Mobile telephone number
- Pager number
- Fax number
- E-mail address
- Web page URL
- Availability for relocation
Daytime Contact Info
Human resource professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters prefer not to bring extra work home with them after putting in a long day at the office. Be thoughtful and provide a daytime contact number to make it easy to reach you. If listing your current work number on your resume is out of the question, consider these ideas:
- For greatest accessibility, put your mobile number on your resume and carry this phone with you regularly.
- If your boss or coworker questions the new contraption strapped to your belt or purse, be prepared with some innocuous comment, such as, “I just want to be more accessible to the important people in my life.”
- If you don’t have a mobile phone, a less-expensive alternative is a traditional digital pager. Your caller needs only a push-button telephone to leave you a digital message, meaning a telephone number only. Nationwide or statewide pagers are available. The cost for a pager is nominal.