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Identification at the Top of Your Resume


An identification section is always the first part of a resume. Identification should include your name, address(es), and phone number(s). Your name should always be highlighted in some way -- through boldface, underlining, and/or spacing.

If you're living at home and going to school, your name, address, and phone number will be set up as one block of information, as the following samples show:

Jan V. Anderson
2352 Mitchell Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 53892
(320)555-8024

Jan V. Anderson

2352 Mitchell Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 53892
(320)555-8024

However, if your hometown is in one place and you're going to school in another, two addresses and phone numbers will be needed, and you name will appear in a separate block. Sometimes it will even be necessary to specify when you'll be at the various addresses. The examples below show two different ways to set up multiple addresses:

Jan V. Anderson
Campus Address
2352 Mitchell Drive, Apt. 382
Sauk Rapids, MN 53892
(320)555-8024
Permanent Address
1184 W. Main
Brandenburg, WI 83207
(814) 555-9982

Jan V. Anderson
Campus Address (until May 28, 1995)
2352 Mitchell Drive, Apt. 382
Sauk Rapids, MN 53892
(320)555-8024
Permanent Address (after May 28, 1995)
1184 W. Main
Brandenburg, WI 83207
(814) 555-9982

Identification on Two-Page Resumes

If your resume goes to a second page, you'll need to include a second-page identification. If your second page gets separated from your first, this identification will enable prospective employers to put the pages back together again. Several appropriate second-page identifications follow:

Jan V. Anderson, page 2

Jan V. Anderson
page 2

Jan V. Anderson
page 2

Jan V. Andersonpage 2


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