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In the past, putting an address on a resume was a no-brainer as paper mail was the standard way employers contacted applicants. Without an address—communication wasn’t possible. Things have changed dramatically, though, and now recruitment processes mostly take place online.
Which brings us to a question—
In the age of digital communication, is there any reason why you should put your address on your resume?
Let’s find out.
In this article, we’ll show you:
- When you should put an address on your resume.
- When it’s not advisable to include it in your job application.
- Examples of how to write an address on your resume.
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1. Should I Put My Address On My Resume?
In the past, putting an address on a resume was standard. Why? Physical mail was the best way for employers to respond to an applicant. Nowadays, the vast majority of communication concerning hiring processes happens online. That’s why including your full address isn’t always necessary.
Mind you, the fact that putting your address on a resume isn’t always necessary doesn’t mean that you should never put an address on a resume. It’s actually a good idea to do this when:
- The job offer asks you to put your address on a resume.
- The employer is looking for local candidates specifically.
- You’re sending your application via traditional post.
The question is—
Why would employers want to see your home address on a resume in this day and age?
First off, if the job offer asks for your address it may mean that it is a piece of information the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) the company uses requires. As simple as this. Plus, chances are the employer keeps a database where the applicant’s address may come in handy for future recruitment processes.
Second, if the employer doesn’t offer remote work and wants to be sure that only candidates from a specific area apply, they may also ask you to include your address on a resume. This will allow them to quickly filter out the applicants who do not meet this crucial requirement.
Finally, if you prefer to go old-school and send your application via snail mail, the convention is to put your address on a resume. This way the employer will be able to send you their reply via traditional post as well.
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When not to include your address on a resume?
If you’re afraid that your personal data may be mishandled, you’re under no legal obligation to put an address on a resume. Revealing your home address is always an option that you may or may not agree to.
Also, if you don’t fully trust the website, employer, or employment agency, refrain from putting the address on your resume. Just don’t do things that feel dodgy in any way.
That being said—
There may be some situations where putting your address on a resume can actually help you land the job.
When do you need an address on your resume?
Imagine a situation in which you’re pursuing a position that only calls for local candidates, and it so happens you’re moving into the very location. Now think of a different situation—you’ve found a job that’s in a different state, but you’re willing to relocate.
In each of these situations, including your address in a resume should work to your advantage. You have to make it clear to the employer that even though you may not be readily available now, you’re ultimately going to end up within arm’s reach.
And this brings us smoothly into the next section—
2. How to Write an Address on a Resume
If you decide to include your address on a resume, make sure you do this just the right way. What does it mean? In short, the address on a resume should go right in the resume header, along with your name and other contact details.
Have a look at the examples below.
Address on a Resume—Example
In the example above, the address is included along with the other personal information in the sidebar. Such a placement of the resume header gives the applicant more space for the resume experience section.
Home Address on a Resume—Example
Just like in the example above, the resume header is located in the sidebar here to maximize the space you get for the other resume sections.
Putting Address on a Resume—Sample
This example is different from the previous ones in terms of how much detail it presents. As you can see, the information is limited to the state and its official abbreviation. Why? We’ve already established that including address on a resume is optional.
So, if you’re not expecting the employer to be sending any physical documents to you, there’s no reason to include anything more than the state (or the city) you’re based in. Also, if the job offer doesn’t clearly state it’s targeted at the inhabitants of a particular district or street, this level of detail should be sufficient.
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In this day and age, putting an address on a resume is optional. That being said, there are some situations in which it may turn out to be beneficial. For example, when the job offer asks you to or the employer is looking for local candidates specifically.
When you decide to include an address on your resume, place it in the resume header, together with your other personal information. Also, the address doesn’t have to be your full home address, you can limit the information you reveal to the state or city you’re based in.
How did you like our article on putting an address on a resume? Do you have any helpful tips on including an address on a resume you’d like to share? Let’s talk about it in the comments below, and, as always, thanks for reading!