A common mistake job seekers make is putting their full address on a resume. An address was required before email existed because it was a primary method of communication and handling documents. It just isn’t necessary anymore and it should be avoided. We’ll show you how to include your location on a resume the right way.
There are a few reasons why you should not include your full address on a resume:
Many companies use what’s called an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen and filter resumes. This software screens your resume for keywords and information that is relevant to the position. It sends the resumes it feels are qualified to the hiring manager and the rest are rejected.
Some companies filter resumes with a complete mailing address because your address is personal identification information (PII). The laws behind PII are pretty complex, but to get to the point, companies don’t want to be in any situation where they breach privacy or reveal sensitive personal information.
For this reason, you should only include your city/state – or – city/state/zip-code.
Another reason you want to leave your street address off your resume is simple – it’s just not needed. An address was usually required (over a decade ago) before email existed because it was a primary method of communication.
You should be including only your City and State on a resume. It should go in the header section of your resume right below your name.
Here is an example of how to include your City and State on a resume:
You should still include your current City and State even if you’re relocating. If you have a place secured and are absolutely certain about moving, you can include your new City and State.
You can also include the city you’re relocating to along with the month and year.
(We wrote a good post here on how to mention relocation on a resume and cover letter)
If you’re willing to relocate, you’re just going to have to write “Willing to relocate”. This should also be included in the cover letter.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind for the header section:
So remember that you could and should omit your full street address from a resume. Only your city/state and zip-code. Don’t let this common mistake hold your resume back from landing that interview!
Good luck with your job search!