If you've ever written a resume before, or read an article about writing resumes, it may seem almost like an art form. And in many ways, it is—there are people out there whose jobs are simply to help people write and rewrite their resumes to optimize their chances of getting hired.
People have done some crazy stuff to get noticed, like video resumes, photo resumes, and even scented resumes. But you don’t need a rose-scented resume to get noticed. A good header is one great way to get a hiring manager's attention, and here’s how to create the best one for your resume.
Obviously, your name is going to go at the top of your resume. It should be the largest thing on your resume, a font slightly larger than the largest font in the body of your resume. You want your name to stand out, but not overwhelm or turn off the reader.
If you want, you can make it bold or italicize it, or even both, as long as you're not using some crazy font. While we're on that subject, stylizing your fonts is fine to a point, but keep it professional. You want your resume to be legible and taken seriously. Avoid comic sans font at all costs.
You're probably not going to be getting an engraved invitation to an interview or even a paper copy of a rejection letter, so some might ask why it's important to put your street address on your resume. It's a good idea to do so, because it shows where you are in relation to where the office is—commuting and relocating is something hiring managers take into consideration logistically when choosing candidates.
It also shows stable residence location, and provides a place for informational packets to be sent on the chance that they do send you paper mail. This can be in much smaller font, but should still be easily legible.
It's important that you have your phone number in a place where it's easily found. It can be the same font size as your address, but should be just below or near your name. Your phone number is the best way for employers to contact you should you score an interview, so make sure they can find it. And make sure it's correct! One wrong digit can mean a lost opportunity.
This address is equally as important as your phone number. Almost half of all interviews are set up in part over e-mail. You want your email to be as professional sounding as possible, so don't use XOSweetLipsXO@emailaccount.com on your resume.
Email addresses are free on many services, so find one and create a professional-sounding name. Put your email address near your phone number where it can be easily found.
If relevant, attach a link to your industry-related website so your prospective employer can see your work. If you have a business related to the industry or have an online portfolio, it's a good idea to include this in your resume.
No, you don't have to link your Facebook album of Spring Break 2007, but it's a good idea to provide a link to your LinkedIn account so your prospective employer can get a good idea of everything you've been doing professionally—the information you couldn’t include in your resume. Make sure your LinkedIn is updated and clean with a professional-looking, recent photograph.
Your header is only about an inch of space and maybe a few lines of text, but it speaks volumes about you and your level of professionalism. Adding these few lines of contact information can give the hiring manager a better idea of who you are and how you work. For more help, try LiveCareer's Resume Builder, while will help you write an entire resume in a matter of minutes.