carnut saidNo matter what you include, have someone proof-read it. Or, print the resume off first, do something else, and then look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. The last thing you want is someone shoving your resume in the recycle bin or bottom of the pile if you can't spell or make grammatical sense.
best advice ever. (well, on this topic anyway...)
As a guy that sees a lot of resumes every year (well over 100 this season alone) I have to cut through the crap pretty quick - resumes that show obvious and easy to correct typos and just basic formatting goofs are virtually guaranteed to get placed in the circular file.
The other HUGE gripe that I have is people who send me their resume as a word.doc!! This is just about the dumbest thing ever.
Always, always, always send your resume as a pdf - for 4 good reasons:
1: no viruses (sending a prospective employer an infected document is a sure fire way to get called....for all the wrong reasons)
2: its YOUR information - why send it to someone that could change it?
3: a pdf is often, depending on your formatting, a much smaller and easier to send document size.
4: depending on the employers setup, sometimes your formatting in Word is lost when either on-screen or when printed, and your resume winds up looking like crap.