One of the questions I get asked frequently is whether modern resumes should include a physical address.
No, with one exception (we’ll get to the exception in a minute).
First, privacy. If you’re actively looking for a new role, your resume should be posted on your networking sites, like LinkedIn. Even if you’re applying directly for one position, once you send out a resume, you have no idea who it will be shared with. For example, I was once on a hiring committee that included 32 people. 32! We reviewed hundreds of resumes, and had copies of them on thumb drives. We had access to those people’s home addresses. In one case, someone on the hiring committee exclaimed that his ex was one of the resumes he was assigned to review. They were, thankfully, on amicable terms.
Second, you don’t want your potential employer assessing your worthiness based on your home address. They may have unconscious bias about the neighborhood you live in, or even have concerns about the commute. It’s best to avoid this all together by just removing your address from your resume.
Third, your potential employer will get it from you later. They’re required to have you file employment forms for the feds, and part of that is that they’ll need your address. You won’t miss anything by leaving it off.
Now, for the exception: federal resumes require that you include your address, so if you’re applying to a federal position, you’ll need to use their formatting and include your address.
So, what do you think? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment below.