Removing Your Address and Home Phone Number From Your Resume

It’s traditional to include your full street address as part of your contact information on your resume. However, there are a few things you might want to consider... Should you leave the entire street address, or should you simply have the city and zip code? (Keep in mind unless your home landline is unlisted, having it on your resume is a proxy for the actual street address since simply typing your telephone number into a search engine will provide the full street address.) Because of all the information available on the internet these days (including state and local tax records), a full street address can give a curious person access to information like satellite photos, market value, sales records, and property tax information. Moreover, if your home is for sale, a street address can give a curious person access to information like photos, whether your home is a foreclosure or short sale, and more. Is it likely someone would violate your privacy like this? Maybe not. But you might reconsider providing this information if it might cause a recruiter or employer to hesitate (fairly or not) about contacting you (e.g., your house is listed as a short sale). Like all the information on your resume, consider whether your full street address is helpful to your goal, or not. If it’s not, then take it off and wait until later in the process to provide this information. Remember that you do need to at least include your city, state, and zip code, since those bits of information about your geography are used by recruiters and employers use to screen candidates (i.e. to determine whether candidates live within a “reasonable” commuting distance, which also means if you are relocating, you should use an address—and telephone number—located within your target market as soon as possible). Also remember some hiring managers still expect and want to see a street address, and will be suspicious if you fail to provide it. As always, know your audience and target your resume accordingly. Image Credit: Shutterstock

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My grandparents owned a two-story walkup in Brooklyn, New York. When I was a child, my cousins and I would take turns asking each other questions, Trivial Pursuit style. If we got the question correct, we moved up one step on the staircase. If we got the question wrong, we moved down one step. The winner was the person who reached the top landing first. While we each enjoyed serving as the “master of ceremonies on 69th Street,” peppering each other with rapid-fire questions, I enjoyed the role of maestro the most of all my cousins. I suppose I was destined to be an educator.

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