First and center of attention, where no one can miss it -- is where you belong, superstar. And that is where your heading should be on your resume. The most important things on your resume should be listed first, and without a doubt, employers need to know your name and contact information.
Your resume heading should always be at the top of the first page. Whether you want to center it or align it with the right or left margin is completely up to you. Make your resume "you" -- but within limit. Avoid getting too carried away with your creativity as the heading needs to be professional, modern, attractive and easy-to-read.
College students or others who have two addresses can list both addresses on their resumes and even provide dates for when to use which address. One way to do this is to list your name at the top, centered. Then list your preferred contact information, such as your local address, on the left margin in the first column. List your secondary address, such as your permanent address, in the second column, and align it with the right margin. You can also list each address as a full line, centered, one on top of the other.
Use an easy-to-read font like Times New Roman or Arial. Your name's font should be bigger than any other font used on your resume. Go two to four sizes larger. Include your name, address, contact numbers and email address. Do not include any other personal information, like your weight or marital status. Break up your address as you would when addressing an envelope, making a clear distinction between street address and city, state and zip code.
If you are posting your resume to a public job board, take precautionary measures by omitting your home address. If you are relocating and looking for work in another area, replace your address with "Relocating to New York in June." Use graphics, such as a line or ribbon, sparingly and keep a scan-friendly, plain-text copy of your resume handy when you submit your resume online. If you want to use a resume title to brand yourself, list this below your contact information, as the last information in your heading. A resume title is a short title you create for yourself that tells the employer you are what they are looking for such as "Top Pharmaceutical Sales Representative" or "CPA with 10+ Years Experience."
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Sara Mahuron specializes in adult/higher education, parenting, budget travel and personal finance. She earned an M.S. in adult/organizational learning and leadership, as well as an Ed.S. in educational leadership, both from the University of Idaho. Mahuron also holds a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in international studies-business and economics.