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08/14/12
Resume Heading Section. Detailed considerations
Filed under: Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 8:07 am

As we know, resumes are a common public relations
document for industrial technical positions and
business position applications.  Many governmental
positions applications are met by using resumes, as
well.  CVs are used for some governmental positions.
So do check in advance.

What should commonly be in the Resume Heading
section? 
1.  Name that you are known by, its pronunciation
if difficult and what you are commonly called if not clear.
It can be in a larger font size than the rest of the text,
but please use the same font and do not bold or italicize.
2.  Formal address, however do not type the full state
name, use abbreviation, and include your zip.
3.  One phone number that you frequently check and
can be left a message at.  Cell phones are much more
common now.  Include the area code without parentheses.
4.  One email address that is professionally appearing
and that you check frequently.  Many companies prefer
that you do not use their email for outside purposes.

There can be more to include in the heading.  For
additional important items I contacted some of my
mentors.
5.  QUESTION:  Include apartment number in address?
Only if the parcel will not be delivered without the
apartment number.

6.  QUESTION:   Should a post office box number be used?
Here is where different perceptions appear.  If you plan to
move or are a person who is reluctant to give out your
formal address (harassment), a PO Box might be appropriate,
if you check it daily and pick up the mail.  Nonetheless,
Joel Shulman and I do not like to see PO Box in place
of a person’s residence, as it can mean other things.
Beware of unintended consequences if you use PO Box.

7.  QUESTION:  for electronic contact, email, but what else
twitter?  web-page?  blog? facebook?  linkedin? 
Our team of reviewers have different impressions on
Internet searchable content. 
Richard Bretz offers:
“I have heard that recruiters are now questioning why a
person does not have a facebook account.  What is the
person hiding?  Is he/she a technophobe?  I guess that a
candidate should state all electronic contacts that are
monitored on a regular basis.”
Joel Shulman adivises: 
“Certainly one email address.  Web page, if kept up to
date.  Others– probably not.”
My advice is:
I like to see Linkedin, if kept up to date and complete
(photo, competencies, links to other searchable
resources about yourself, groups that you belong to,
and pertinent items not listed in resume that you
want to be associated with), and a good web-page, if
not easy to locate in the linkedin profile.

8.  QUESTION:   Addresses?  should a person list two
if they are still working
?  Or should they use only
their home address?
Joel Shulman advises:  “Home address only, unless
in school.  Giving work address indicates the candidate
doesn’t care if employer knows she is looking,
so she may have lost her job.”
Rich Bretz offers:  “Listing work contact information
is not advisable, unless it is well known that a
candidate is leaving an organization.  Regardless,
listing work contact information can be
detrimental to morale.”
My suggestions mirror my colleagues.

9.   if a person is a green card holder,
should that be listed?
Joel:  Yes, to listing green card if there is any
doubt about eligibility to work without
sponsorship (e.g., foreign education).  List as
“U.S. Permanent Resident” in the heading.
Rich and I generally agree.

Are you surprised with so many items?

2 Responses to “Resume Heading Section. Detailed considerations”

  1. site admin Says:


    In some discussions the line–

    “willing to relocate”

    is talked about. It is no longer an item for inclusion
    on a resume
    , just like

    “references are available on request”

    is not recommended.
  2. site admin Says:
    http://www.princeton.edu/career/graduates/tool_kit/cv_contents_samples/content/

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