1 Resume Item You Must Not Leave Out

Oddly enough, We’ve begun to see a number of resumes come in for critiques that don’t include a postal address.

A postal address may seem like a trivial piece of information in today’s global economy, but it’s not. Here’s why:

Physical location often plays a part in an employer’s hiring decision. For example, if a company is located in one state, but you live in another, the company may have to go through the tedious process of registering as an employer in your state so they can pay appropriate payroll taxes and unemployment or other insurances. Plus, their ability to provide you with benefits will also likely be affected.

So, if I, as an employer, am trying to hire someone, I will rarely consider someone from outside of my home state (unless they’ve indicated they’re willing to relocate). I just don’t want the headache of trying to manage an employee relationship where an exception is required.

Regardless, however, of whether or not an employer will hire someone from out of state, leaving a postal address off of a resume makes hiring mangers feel like you’re hiding something, and they just don’t want to have to figure out what it is – not when they’ve got 100 other resumes to go through for the same position.

If you live far away from an employer, don’t hide it. Instead, address the distance in another way . . . add “planning to relocate” at the bottom of your resume or in your cover letter.


Brett V.

This is a great point. I’m fairly certain I got my job because I was 8 minutes away from my job (which happened to be one of the branches that were hiring the most people).

Ann Wilmer

The reason that applicants are leaving out postal addresses is that so many jobs that seem legitimate online turn out to be scams. I don’t know how to address that. I list my postal address, actual phone number and email address and then deal with what comes. In this market, scammers abound because they know job seekers are getting desperate.

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