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Like most veteran coders in the IT industry, I have an out-of-date website that I use to link to different activities I'm involved with online, like Twitter and Stack Overflow. Up until now, I haven't gotten around to working the address into my resume, but now is as good a time as any.

So what is the best practice for an IT worker to display a website in their resume?

Is it better for the eyes to center the url at the top?

Should it be above or below a horizontal rule?

Should it be close to, perhaps above or below an email address?

What's the most common, acceptable way for a personal website to be include in a resume?

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This is less of a question about writing, and more about design and current business practice. It's not off-topic here, but it'd be more on-topic at The Workplace. It's too old to migrate there, but they'd be happy to get more questions like this. (I asked.) –  Neil Fein Jun 27 '13 at 13:16
    
While it maybe "less of a question about writing", it is nonetheless a question about writing, even if it overlaps with other categories. –  Mark Rogers Jun 27 '13 at 13:39
    
Oh, it is about writing. Didn't mean to imply otherwise. You'd just get better answers on the Workplace site, is all. –  Neil Fein Jun 27 '13 at 19:09
    
@NeilFein - Sure, sorry I'm just used to having to be reflexively defensive about questions. –  Mark Rogers Jun 27 '13 at 21:04

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It depends on the purpose of including that URL in the first place. If it is a "here's more info about me" site, I'd say put it with your name, address, and email. If it is an example of work you did for a particular employer, then then that block of your employment section makes sense. If it is for a portfolio site, maybe front and center, under your name, at the top of the resume.

I would not use a horizontal rule on a resume.

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My resume has, centered up top in the header: my name | email | phone. If I were going to put in my URL, I would add another pipe and put it in, probably omitting the http://

Alternatively, I sometimes put it in my cover letter/intro email if I feel it's relevant. E.g.:

Regards,

First Last
Phone
URL
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sorry if this is a silly question, but do you literally put | pipes in your resume, or are you saying that they are evenly spaced on the top row? Also do you have the first and last elements aligned against the horizontal margins? –  Mark Rogers Apr 6 '11 at 16:54
    
If the resume is in Word, I wouldn't object to pipes. There's only so much you can do in Word for formatting. I wouldn't align those elements against the margins; I would center the entire block. –  Lauren Ipsum Apr 6 '11 at 17:29
    
Yeah the pipe character. I like it better than dashes, semi-colons, plain whitespace, etc. It has a clean look, and its purpose (separation) is clear. The entire header block is centered. –  rianjs Apr 6 '11 at 17:33
    
This is best. Put it at the end of your other contact into. –  gmoore Apr 7 '11 at 14:52

I'm thinking about doing it with

  • my name aligned (justified?) to the top left corner
  • my website minus http:// aligned to the top right corner
  • remaining contact information below this aligned to one side or the other in left, right, left sequence.

Feel free to upvote or downvote my answer so that I can get a feeling for whether or not this is generally a good idea.

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It sounds a bit cluttered. Definitely leaving off the http:// is smart. I'd keep everything neat and organized, with your contact info and your URL in one block, either on the left (preferred) or right. My 2 cents. –  Lynn Beighley Apr 6 '11 at 18:04
    
Just remember that, in most of cases, the www won't make any difference so, you remove the http:// and the www. –  Psicofrenia Jun 27 '13 at 13:38

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