Common Resume Questions-Answered!
By: Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
1. Should I use my middle initial on my resume? Using a middle initial makes the most sense for people with fairly common last names. One way to help with this decision is to search your name on LinkedIn and see how many results are returned. If there are multiple people with your name in the area where you live, using your middle initial can help identify you more easily.
2. Should I include degrees or certifications after my name? If you normally sign emails with something like MBA, JD, or PMP after your name, you may want to use your title on your resume as well. The use of these initials generally depends on whether you're applying for a job where they're appropriate or required. For example, if you're applying for a project management job that requires a PMP, then leading with this qualification is a good idea. However, if you're applying for a financial job with a PMP, then your certification would be more of an additional qualification in that situation.
3. Should I include links to my online portfolio? Inserting hyperlinks into your resume is an easy way to provide the reader with more information than you've included in the document. Providing the address of your LinkedIn profile allows hiring managers to see your recommendations. For those who work in technology, design, or other visually-oriented fields, providing links to former projects or companies offers a visual example of your previous work.
4. Should I include both my home and mobile phone numbers? Sure! Making it easy for employers to reach you is never a bad thing. However, if you do include both numbers on your resume, you may want to mention in your cover letter where it's best or easiest to reach you.
Ultimately, the information you choose to include in your resume is always a matter of your personal preferences. The main things you need to consider are how the information positions you for a particular job opening and whether it's helpful for an employer to see.