Examples of What Info Goes in a Resume Heading

Your resume heading is important and should contain all the necessary info for an employer or recruiter to contact you. It's also helpful in some cases for that info to convey a little more about you, such as where you live (for example, what state or area within that state).

Depending on your comfort level with regard to privacy, there are three levels of how much info you can share in your heading:

  • Bare minimum
  • Most common
  • Extra info

Following are examples of what I mean by each of those three options. Note: There is no need to precede your email address with "email:" or your phone number with "phone:" no matter which heading option you choose.

Also see: Should You Put Your Street Address in Your Resume Heading?

Bare Minimum Resume Heading

The bare minimum resume heading contains only the info required for an employer to know who you are and how to contact you. That means only your name and either your email address or your phone number (or both). For example:

Susan Ireland
[email protected]

Susan Ireland
123-555-1234

or

Susan Ireland
[email protected]
123-555-1234

Most Common Resume Heading

The most common resume heading tells the reader who you are, where you live (or receive your snail mail), an email address, and a phone number. For example:

Susan Ireland
000 Unknown Street
Santa Clara, CA 00000
[email protected]
123-555-1234or

Susan Ireland
PO Box 000
000 Unknown Street
Santa Clara, CA 00000
123-555-1234
[email protected]

Note: The order of your email address and phone number is up to you. You can list your email first, followed by your phone number, or vice versa.

Extra-Info Resume Heading

An extra-info resume heading contains all of the info in the most common heading, along with extra items to boost your professional image. That might include relevant qualifications (such as a college degree, professional title, or certification after your name) or ways for the employer to connect with you through social media (such as your LinkedIn address). For example:

Susan Ireland, Professional Resume Writer
000 Unknown Street
Santa Clara, CA 00000
www.linkedin.com/in/susanireland
[email protected]
123-555-1234or

Susan Ireland
Professional Resume Writer

000 Unknown Street
Santa Clara, CA 00000
www.linkedin.com/in/susanireland
[email protected]
123-555-1234


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Susan Ireland Resume Author Susan Ireland is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume and creator of Susan Ireland's Ready-Made Resume Builder.