How to write contact information on a CV

Contact information is a simple but important element of your CV. Make sure you’re correctly displaying your contact information using these tips.

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Table of Contents

  1. CV contact information
    1. What contact information do I need on my CV?
    2. How to flesh out contact information on a CV
  2. FAQ: CV contact information

CV contact information

When you submit a job application, one of the most important things you need to include is your contact information. Your contact info is how a recruiter will call you back for a job interview if they decide they’re interested in you. Additionally, it gives more information about who you are and makes your CV look more professional. Here’s what you need to know about including a contact information section on your CV, no matter what CV templates you’re utilising.

What contact information do I need on my CV?

Your CV contact information should include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Professional email address
  • Phone number

Note that you need a professional email address so that a hiring manager can contact you effectively. It’s also usually best to include your cell phone number. That way, you’re more likely to pick up when a hiring manager calls. If you do, then make sure your voicemail greeting is also professional, so you’re not embarrassed if the manager decides to leave a voicemail message.

 

There are also pieces of information that are optional. These aren’t necessary, but they might help you in getting your new job. Here are a few pieces of information that can catch the eye of a potential employer:

  • Physical home address/Mailing address
  • Personal website/Online portfolio
  • Job networking profile links such as LinkedIn
  • Other social media profiles
  • Professional website
  • Blog

Some of these are more widely recommended than others. For example, not everyone recommends adding your street address. However, a CV resume may include any and all of these pieces of contact information.

 

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How to flesh out contact information on a CV

First, you need to set up professional social media profiles. This may include Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn profiles. It’s also important to personalise your handles and your LinkedIn URL to make it easier for someone to find them and to ensure they look good on your CV.

Next, create a professional Gmail account. An unprofessional email address or an old work email address from a previous or current employer look unseemly on your CV. Instead, if you don’t have one, create a new email account that’s all for official job-search communication.

You should also strategically place this contact information. Typically, contact information goes in your CV header. That’s at the very top of your CV, above all your work experience, education section and everything else. Most of the time, people consider it an extension of the CV design, which helps your whole CV fit on one page.

How to add contact information to your CV more easily

If you want to make sure your contact information fits right in with the rest of your CV writing, then it’s best to use a CV style that really works for you. The good news is that if you’re struggling with starting your job search, there are plenty of options to start writing your CV.

Our CV builder is the ideal starting point for anyone who’s never written a CV before. Here, you can find colourful templates, hundreds of CV examples and expert tips and tricks for your job search. If you’re really looking for a way to stand out against other job seekers, then this is definitely the step you need to take.


FAQ: CV contact information

Q: What information should I not include on my CV?

While your full name and social media handles are safe to include on your CV, there’s some information that you shouldn’t include on your CV. Some people don’t recommend listing your full home address on a CV, although this is more of a discussion than a hard-and-fast rule.
One thing that’s definitely important to avoid, however, is an unprofessional email address. You need to make sure all of your links are super-professional. Setting up professional profiles helps you add information to your professional CV without worrying about something inappropriate turning up.

Q: Can I include professional abbreviations on my CV?

Yes. Include them typically after your name, separated by a comma. For example, you could write “Kay Decosa, R.N.” or “Tracee Bemis, Ph.D.” This gives the recruiter an immediate idea of your professional skills, which can aid in your job search, as a hiring manager typically only spends a few seconds deciding whether or not to keep looking at your CV or to pass it by and move on to the next one.

Q: Is it a good idea to list your address if you’re relocating?

Deciding whether or not to put your address on your CV can be difficult. Most of the time, it’s suggested that you put your city and postal code but not the rest of your address. If you’re relocating, it’s typically still okay to include this information; after all, if you’re applying for a job in New York and all your work history is in Birmingham, the company will likely notice anyway. However, it’s a good idea to mention in your cover letter that you’re interested in relocating.

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