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People must be able to locate you, but your address
and phone number are some of the least important marketing details
on a resume. Some managers spend only a few seconds perusing a resume
and might get through the first third of it, if you are lucky. The
reader's eyes should be drawn immediately to the things that will
motivate him or her to read all the way to the bottom.
However, you don't want to make the reader work
too hard when it comes time to make that critical call for an interview!
You should make the address section part of the overall design of
the resume so it doesn't detract from the text, much as you did
with your name, but keep it in an easy-to-find location. That can
be done by placing the address(es) either at the top or the bottom
of the resume.
Two addresses, a current and permanent, are often
needed when a person is still in school or will be moving in a few
months. Presenting them at the top sometimes creates design problems
and requires a bit of imagination .
Placing two addresses at the bottom is often easier.
An address at the top of the resume should be
made part of the design so that the reader's eyes easily skip over
it to begin reading the text. Graphic lines are particularly useful
in this case ,
and so is the judicious use of italics .
Matching lines at the bottom of a resume sometimes
help to create a sense of balance so the resume is not top heavy
The address can be centered under or between the line(s) ,
made to follow the same format as the text of the resume ,
or tab aligned .
If you have an e-mail address, always include
it on your resume. The same goes for your Web page address if you
have a portfolio online.
From Designing the Perfect Resume, by Pat Criscito.
Copyright 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's
Educational Series, Inc.