Should You Include Your Address on Your Resume?
Should you put your physical home address on your resume, or is it better not to include it? There are different perspectives on providing detailed contact information to prospective employers, and the answer is that it depends.
In some cases, you don't have to put your address on your resume, but there are reasons why you may—or may not—want to include it. In others, your address may be required.
What you list on your resume as your address depends on the type of employer and position, where you live, if you plan on moving, your privacy concerns, and how you’re applying for jobs.
You may have increased your chances of getting an interview.
You are not hiding information about your location.
You show that you live a reasonable distance from the company.
Your need for privacy may cost you an interview.
The hiring manager may wonder why your address isn't listed.
The company has no idea where you are located.
Deciding Whether to Put Your Address on a Resume
Some companies won’t consider applicants who don’t provide an address, or they may wonder what you are trying to hide, as a traditional resume typically lists your home address. An employer may be seeking candidates who live in a specific geographic area. If so, they don’t want to spend time finding out where you live.
Applicants, however, may be concerned about privacy or about whether they won’t be contacted for an interview if they don’t live close enough to the company that’s hiring. There are also concerns about scams and about who you can safely share your personal information with when you’re job hunting.
How should you list your contact information on your resume? The best way to determine when you should include your physical address and when you should leave it off your resume is to decide on a case-by-case basis as you apply for jobs.
Resume Privacy Issues
Privacy is always a concern when you’re submitting personal information by email or online. However, there are many different ways your identity can be stolen, and your resume isn’t at the top of the list.
For example, your physical mailbox can be cause for concern. Common complaints about identity theft include government benefits fraud, credit card fraud, phone and utility fraud, and bank fraudud.
Even if you feel comfortable including your physical address on your resume, never include identifying information such as your social security number, driver’s license number, age, date of birth, marital status, or any other personal information. None of this information is relevant to getting hired, and you don’t want to set yourself up for fraud by sharing too much information about yourself.
There are two exceptions to this rule:
- If you are submitting a CV to a company based in Europe or the Middle East, information such as date of birth and marital status may be required for the application to be reviewed.
- Applicants for federal jobs are required to provide their address and social security number.
The best way to ensure your privacy is secure is to be diligent about who you share your resume with. It will take a little extra time, but if you’re careful to make sure the job you’re about to apply for isn’t a scam and the company is legitimate, you’ll have less to worry about. Also take precautions in general to protect yourself from identity theft.
Depending on where you live, employers may be concerned about your commute. If you’re applying for a job in a large city, the company may prefer applicants who can get to work quickly and easily without a lengthy commute.
It’s the same scenario with remote locations. If the job is in a small town in the middle of nowhere, the hiring manager may want candidates who don’t have a long drive to work. If you don’t list an address, the employer will have no idea if your commute is viable or not.
When You’re Relocating
When you’re relocating for a job as an out-of-town candidate, it’s important to do your best to get your resume noticed. If you don’t list your physical address but your employment history shows that all the positions you’ve held are hundreds of miles away from the hiring company’s location, the employer will wonder about your missing address.
If you don’t have an address you can use at the new location, it can be a better strategy to mention the fact that you’re relocating in your cover letter. Another option is to include “relocating” as part of your address. For example, write “Relocating to Tampa, Florida” instead of your home address in a different state.
Required vs. Optional Address Information
If you’re applying for a job with the federal government, your home address is required information. Many other government and civil service jobs also require a permanent address.
For jobs where local residency is a requirement, an address will be expected on your resume.
Some employers may specify where they want applicants to live when they post a job opening. For example: “Must live in Metro New York area” or “Must live in North Carolina.” If the job posting specifies a location, make it easy for the recruiter to learn where you live by including your address on your resume.
Some job postings specify that only candidates who provide a resume and cover letter will be considered. If your resume is lacking information, such as your address, that the hiring manager expects to see, you may be knocked out of contention for the job before you even get a chance to interview.
Where and How You Are Applying for Jobs
When to be Cautious About Your Address
Where and how you apply can also make a difference. If you’re emailing a resume to a random job posting on Craigslist that lists a personal rather than a professional email address, for example, you should be cautious about including your physical address.
This particularly applies if the job advertisement does not mention the name of the hiring company or organization. There are some important red flags to watch for when you’re job hunting on Craigslist.
Research the Company
When you’re applying directly to a hiring manager, on a company website, or sending your resume to a connection at a company, include your email address. If you’re not sure, learn more about the company and the job and how to avoid scams before you decide whether to apply.
If you found the opening on a job board, check to see if the job is listed on the company’s website. If it is, apply directly on the company site. That way your resume won’t be funneled through a third-party job board. Instead it will end up directly in the company’s applicant tracking system.
When the job or the company sounds suspicious, search the company name, along with terms such as fraud, scam, and rip-off to see if anyone has complained about the organization. Check out Glassdoor’s company reviews to learn about the pros and cons of a company from past employees.
Options for When You Don’t Want to Use Your Address
There are several alternatives that you can use in place of your physical address:
- No Address (may be acceptable for a remote job)
- City/State (New York, New York)
- City/State/Zip Code (Cleveland, OH 44101)
- Region (Greater Salt Lake City Area)
- Relocating to City Name (Relocating to Augusta, Georgia)
Helping Yourself Get Hired
When you’re making decisions about what to include on your resume—whether it’s your address, some of the positions you’ve held in the past, or information that may be considered extraneous—it’s important to keep in mind that your goal in writing your resume is to get hired.
You want to make it as easy as possible for an employer to decide to schedule an interview and, eventually, offer you the job.
Sample Resume Without an Address
This is an example of a resume without an address. Download the resume template— compatible with Google Docs and Word Online—or see the text version below.
Sample Resume Without an Address (Text Version)
Relocating to Tampa, FL
Detail-oriented Senior Accountant with 10 years’ experience maintaining meticulous financial records and reports.
- Well-versed in performing corporate cost accounting, billing, A/R, A/P, general ledger, and payroll administration functions.
- Adeptly research and prepare budget and financial forecasts and report variances.
- Lead by example in ensuring departmental compliance with US GAAP standards and practices.
- Technical proficiencies include Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, and Sage 50 Accounting.
ABC MANUFACTURING COMPANY, Houston, TX
Senior Accountant, 5/2014-Present
Lead team of five accountants and AP/AR specialists in financial consolidations, tax preparation, and financial reporting. Coordinate and direct preparation of budgets and financial forecasts; partner cross-functionally with other departments to handle monthly close processes, perform annual inventories, and submit timely financial and tax statements.
- Spearheaded department’s transition to Sage 50 Accounting system, which heightened overall efficiency by 45%.
- Recommended stringent budget reductions that reduced costs by 55%.
XYZ SYSTEMS, Houston, TX
Skillfully executed all cost accounting, AP/AR, budget, and payroll accounting responsibilities for a technology company with a 700-member workforce.
- Reversed historic backlog of general ledger accounting, restoring an up-to-date balance within sixty days of initial hiring.
- Trained and mentored interns and new hires in AP/AR best practices.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting; 3.8 GPA
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, College Station, TX