Should you include your address in your resume?

Should you include your address in your resume? Some people say yes but many more say no. Here’s why you should leave it out.

When it comes to what to include and what not to include in your resume, there can sometimes be disagreement. And some people are unsure on whether they should include their physical address. Should you? In most cases, the answer is no.

While it was once standard practise to include your address, these days, including your address can often cause more harm than good, and may negatively affect your chances of getting the job.

Asked the question: should you include your address in your resume, most people said no.

It seems that most people are aware of this change in protocol. I conducted a Facebook poll of more than 650 people asking:

“Do you believe you should include your address in your resume?”

  • 68% said no
  • Only 8% said yes
  • 23% said you should include only your city

But there were a few who were wondering when this became a rule and why, while others pointed out that there are some exceptions.

Why should you not include your address in your resume?

You should not include your address in your resume because your location may put off employers. In fact, I saw a LinkedIn post the other day in which a woman shared that an employer had turned her down for exactly this reason. “I notice that the address used on your application is a considerable distance from the [redacted],” the hiring manager wrote. “Because of this your application has been unsuccessful.” The poster noted that she is less than 15 miles from the company location.

The LinkedIn user who posted it told me, “I actually don’t include my address on my CV. I once had a friend who ended up with a guy at her door after handing her CV out to a bar. But I applied through this particular company’s website where it was mandatory to include your address on their application form.”

Seems unfair, no? Oh, well. She also that she probably dodged a bullet with an employer like that. But not including your address might keep this from happening to you.

The possibility of someone showing up at your door is, indeed, another reason to omit the address. Some commenters also suggested the risk of falling prey to a scam job posting. These concerns are real, though probably less likely to be an issue when searching through reputable channels.

So, when should you include your address in your resume?

As mentioned, however, there are a few instances in which you might want to include your address, like when you actually want to demonstrate that you live close to the job. Also, as suggested by someone commenting on the poll, it’s a good idea when someone has a number from one location (like Toronto) but has relocated (to, say, Vancouver) and is looking for work in that new area, so that there is no confusion and you are not overlooked due to a misunderstanding about your location.

It should also be noted, however, that in an era in which remote working is often an option, your location should matter less than it once did.

All in all, it appears that most people agree that you should not include your address in your resume, except in certain, specific circumstances. So, if you’re still including it, you might want to consider removing it.

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