I have a phone but I very much seldom use it. I prefer the communication through email (which I had already included in my job resume).

Is that okay if I don't include a phone number in my job resume since phone is not the best way to contact me?

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    This is very much location dependant. In the UK, 95% of IT jobs go through recruitment agencies, and even if you do include your contact details they will remove them before forwarding your CV onto the client. My email address and phone number have not been on my CV for over 10 years
    – Matt
    Oct 20, 2014 at 23:58
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    Is it OK with you if they don't contact you?
    – keshlam
    Oct 21, 2014 at 5:49
  • I was wondering the same, as I dislike to receive calls from masked number anytime.
    – Raychenon
    Sep 11, 2020 at 1:11

2 Answers 2


Should I include my phone

Even if seldom used and your preference is email, you also have to consider the preference of others. I personally prefer to contact people by phone then in person. (you can't get a good read on a person's personality via email.)

That said, I'd probably just skip past your resume since I get applications by the dozen. Now if you were one of only a few I received I might email you asking for a phone number, but honestly it'll hurt your odds of consideration.

What if I prefer Email?

You can specifically mark email as preferred, but offer the phone as backup. If you REALLY want to only be contacted by email, by all means you can omit it, but it could potentially cost you opportunities with those who do not prefer email.

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    I hope on your job postings you emphasis the phone number requirement.
    – user8365
    Oct 20, 2014 at 21:14
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    @JeffO - Other than "potential applicants will be contacted by phone for interviews" I don't think it should be an explicit 'requirement' per se.
    – Robotnik
    Oct 21, 2014 at 0:29
  • Well, /proffered/ is clearly a typo for /preferred/, but I'm not sure about /then/. Do you mean "I prefer to contact people by phone first, and then in person second" or do you mean "I find it preferable to contact people by phone than to contact them in person"?
    – TRiG
    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:44
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    By the way, I strongly suspect that your hiring practices count as discrimination against deaf people. You should probably reconsider that.
    – TRiG
    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:45
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    There are many ways for deaf people to access phone systems, at least in the US, and I would suspect in many other countries.
    – ZAD-Man
    Oct 21, 2014 at 16:42

I'm thinking a little out of the box here, but why not sign up for a Google Voice account or something similar, and list that number on your resume? I see a couple of advantages to this:

  1. You can route the Google Voice voicemail notification to your email
  2. You limit the spread of your "real" phone number and can more or less ensure that any calls to the Google Voice number are related to your resume

This is kind of a "best of both worlds" approach that satisfies RualStorge's concern about omitting the phone number. I have done this in previous job searches and it has worked out very well.

If you decide to do it this way, be sure and put a professional voice mail message on your Google Voice account.

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    +1 Even if Google Voice is not available to you there are many VoIP-to-phone services that offer disposable numbers and redirecting capabilities.
    – rath
    Apr 20, 2016 at 10:41

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