Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Address On Your Resume

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Address On Your Resume

Standard resume templates usually include a location for your address at the top. AvidCareerist’s Donna Svei points out, however, how filling that area out can actually work against you and decrease your job opportunities.

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When recruiters know exactly where you live, she writes, they take into consideration your commuting time:

You might not have thought about it, but in-house recruiters know that people with long commutes have more stress and often eventually quit “because of the commute.” If you quit, they don’t look good AND they have to replace you. That’s more work, with no more money, for them.

When you put your address on your resume, believe me, they do the maths. If your commute would be longer than what’s tolerable long-term, your resume often finds its way into the “maybe” or “no” pile.

So instead of including your home address, just put the city of your employer(s) in the experience section. Head over to AvidCareerist for examples of how this should look and more advice on commuting and job satisfaction.

The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Put Your Address on Your Resume [AvidCareerist]

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