Address on resume — yes or no? It’s a smart question to ask. Here’s what I know:
When you put your address on your resume, recruiters see exactly where you live.
That matters because studies have shown:
- A person with a 1-hour commute has to earn 40% more money to be as happy with life as someone who walks to the office.
- 23% of people have quit a job because of a commute.
Recruiters Calculate Your Commute
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 the recruiter.
So — address on resume? They do the math. If you live too far away, you don’t get an interview.
How Does COVID Change This?
If you have a job where you have to show up, then nothing I’ve written above changes because of COVID.
But if you can work in a hybrid or remote model, then your location will be a smaller factor in recruiters’ calculations — as long as their companies have set themselves up to employ people in your location/tax jurisdiction.
However, from the time I originally published this post, people have also moved away from using addresses on resumes because of privacy reasons. Thus, I continue to recommend the fix described below.
Instead of giving your address on your resume, provide your current or most recent employer’s city location, like this:
The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA (if you work at the mother ship)
The Coca-Cola Company, Oakland, CA (if you work at a branch office)
Sharing your employer’s location places you in a broad metropolitan area. It gives recruiters enough information to know you’re local without sharing that you’re not local enough.
Note: Per a helpful comment below, you can see how this looks on actual resumes here.
Beyond the push to get a job, think about the statistics in this post’s opening paragraph when you decide where to live and where to apply for work.
Working close to home can make you and your family happier and prevent you from looking like a job hopper on your resume.
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