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Address on a CV: Should You Put It and How to Write It?

Your CV is ready and you’re about to hit that “send” button. One last look and… you’ve realised your address is missing. Oh no! Or wait… do you actually need it at all?

Maciej Duszynski, CPRW
Maciej Duszynski, CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer, Career Expert
Address on a CV: Should You Put It and How to Write It?

In the age of digital communication, is there any reason why you should put your address on your CV?

Let’s find out.

In this article, we’ll show you:

  • When you should put an address on your CV.
  • When it’s not advisable to include it in your job application.
  • Examples of how to write an address on your CV.

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1. Should I Put My Address On My CV?

Traditionally, writing the address on the CV was necessary as employers

responded to your job application through physical mail. Nowadays, with communication fully moved online, that's not the case anymore.

Mind you, the fact that putting your address on a CV isn’t always necessary doesn’t mean that you should never put an address on a CV. It’s actually a good idea to do this when:

  • The job offer asks you to put your address on a CV.
  • 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 CV 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 CV. This will allow them to quickly philtre 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 CV. 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 CV?

If you’re afraid that your personal data may be mishandled, you’re under no legal obligation to put an address on a CV. 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 CV. 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 CV can actually help you land the job.

When do you need an address on your CV?

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 CV 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 CV

If you decide to include your address on a CV, make sure you do this just the right way. What does it mean? In short, the address on a CV should go right in the CV header, along with your name and other contact details.

Have a look at the examples below.

Address on a CV—Example

adress on CV

In the example above, the address is included along with the other personal information in the sidebar. Such a placement of the CV header gives the applicant more space for the CV experience section.

Home Address on a CV—Example 

home address on CV

Just like in the example above, the CV header is located in the sidebar here to maximise the space you get for the other CV sections.

Putting Address on a CV—Sample 

how to write address on CV

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 CV 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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Key Points

In this day and age, putting an address on a CV 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 CV, place it in the CV 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 CV? Do you have any helpful tips on including an address on a CV you’d like to share? Let’s talk about it in the comments below, and, as always, thanks for reading!

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Maciej Duszynski, CPRW
Written byMaciej Duszynski, CPRW

Experienced in the education management industry, Maciej shares his knowledge for every step of your job hunt, from landing an internship to moving to an executive position. Maciej has helped job candidates at all stages of their career paths, from interns to directors to C-suite members, to thrive in their job. His mission is to help you find the right opportunity and create a job application that gets you the career you deserve.

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