Resume Heading: Should I Use the MS Word Header Function?

A job seeker asked: Does it matter if my Resume Heading is created via the MS Word "Header and Footer" function? Or is it better to type the resume heading (name, address, contact information) into the body of the Word document or resume template?

Why You Shouldn't Use the MS Word Header Function to Create a Resume Heading

The simple answer: Don’t use the Header and Footer function for any important information such as your name and contact information. Here's why:

Reason 1: Some Word users can't see the header. Many employers still use Word 2003, which doesn't show the header of a document when it's opened and viewed in Normal mode. So for that quick initial scan, it won't be obvious who wrote the resume unless the employer goes to the trouble of viewing it in Print Layout or if he prints it to hardcopy. Unlikely!

Reason 2. It doesn't make a good impression. Employers who can see the header in Normal View will see your name and contact info in gray text, which will look diminished compared to the black text in the body of your resume. That won't be a good presentation of the most important piece of information on the page: your name.

Reason 3. It won't copy and paste into an email. If you copy and paste your resume into an email message, everything on your resume except the header will appear in the body of your email. Not good!

The safest way to make sure the employer sees your resume heading is to type it directly into the body of your Word document, not into the MS Word header.

To get ideas for how to layout your resume heading, browse through these great resume examples.