Sometimes to referred to as a letterhead, your header sits at the top of the page. It tells the employer who the resume belongs to and how to reach them. While it should not be too flashy, it should make it easy for them to see and remember, After all, if they are impressed by your education, education, or skills, this is the information they will need to bring you in for an interview.

To create a strong header, you’ll need to put on your designer hat for a few minutes because you will have to play with different fonts and formatting to arrive at something that you feel is striking but still professional. The following will walk you through the basics of a great resume header:

Your Name

This should sit at the very top of the page, above your contact information. It should also have the largest font size out of anything on the page. Bold or italics might also be an appropriate way to make your name stand out. As with the rest of your resume, we recommend sticking to business fonts, like Arial, Times New Roman, or Cambria.

As you can see in the following examples, you can try many different fonts, font sizes, and alignments to get just the right look. Experiment with these to get one that you feel stands out while still remaining professional.

Contact Information

It is traditional to include your address, phone number, email address, and sometimes your Twitter username or blog URL (if you have one) on your resume, much like you would see on a business card.

(Note: Some fears about privacy are understandable–you don’t want to give your contact information out to just anyone. That’s why you want to make sure the organization you are applying to is legitimate before you send them this kind of information.)

This information doesn’t have to be as prominent as your name, but it should be legible. An 8- or 9-pt font size is usually just fine. A common place to put this information is just below or to the side of the name at the top of your resume. Check out the examples at the bottom of this post to see the different ways you can do this.

Horizontal Line

To set your header apart from the rest of the resume, you can use a horizontal line. Often, jobseekers will place the line between their name and their contact information or at the bottom of their header. This tells the employer visually that their header is finished and the real information is about to start.

To insert a horizontal line in Microsoft Word, hold down ‘shift’ and tap ‘-‘ until you get a line all the way across the page. Once you get to the page margin, hit ‘enter’. Your line will instantly become a solid horizontal line.

In Google Docs, this is much easier: go to ‘Insert’, then click ‘Horizontal line.’ Your new horizontal line will magically appear.

Once you’ve created a header that you’re happy with, you can move on to creating your Objective, using this post. To see some simple examples of effective headers, see the following:

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