It seems that since the dawn of time, resumes haven’t changed that much. You start with your name gracing the top, front and center, then right below you include your address, phone number, and email in the header. Lately, however, we’ve been reading a lot of recommendations that say you should remove that address from your resume. So, today we’re diving into the pros and cons of having your address listed on your resume so that next time you do a refresh, you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you.
YES include it!
The pros for leaving your address on your resume are largely situational. If you are applying to a job that is local to your area, it can be a bonus to leave it on there. Companies like to know that you could easily make it in for an in-person interview and they wouldn’t have to pay to relocate you.
If you’re submitting an application along with your resume that specifies address as a required field, you must fill it out, fully and truthfully. Having your resume match this information can provide cohesiveness.
Nah, leave it off…
As mentioned before, privacy is becoming an increasing concern in today’s day and age. It is perfectly acceptable to leave your address off of your resume if you are concerned about privacy.
If you are applying to a job that is not local, we recommend leaving your address off. The employer may or may not offer relocation, however, oftentimes local candidates can get first preference. This eliminates any location-related bias and lets your qualifications shine!
For the most part, we recommend leaving your address off. People don’t correspond via “snail mail” anymore regarding jobs, so it’s not as essential as it once was! One popular compromise you can make is to include just the city and state. That way, you can still protect your privacy while still being transparent. However, always be sure to include your phone number and email and triple-check to make sure you typed them correctly!