Posted by Brian McCullough
I got this question from a client this morning, and at first I thought the answer was obvious, but then when I thought about it some more, I can see how people might be confused. In this day and age, and all… So, I figured I’d take a crack at answering it here.
Should I Include My Address On My Resume If I’m Submitting Online
I understand. An online submission is just a number. Your email address is probably how they’re going to get back to you. If you’re logged into a site like a Monster or something, they already have your contact info connected to your submission.
However, I’d still say it’s important to include your physical, home street address on your resume in all instances.
Why? Well, for the simple fact that if it’s not there, it could look odd. I know if a resume crossed my desk without a home address on it, my first though would be: why? Is there a reason this person doesn’t want me to know their home address?
For the simple fact that it looks funny if it’s not there, I would always include your home address on all versions of your resume. Sure, they’re most likely going to get back to you over the phone or email. Sure, it’s highly unlikely they’ll contact you via a formal letter in an envelope.
But why not have it on there? You don’t lose anything by including it. And excluding it just leads to questions.
Now, I can hear you say, “But Brian, what about identity theft and spam issues?”
Frankly, you’re more likely going to regret putting your email address out into the internet void than your personal address.
All in all, I’d consider the risk of some bad person knowing your home address to be minimal. And it certainly balances the risk of looking odd by not including your home address.
Bottom line: if you’re resume is in a pile with 30 others, you don’t want to give the hiring manager ANY reason to reject you out of hand. So anything that makes you look odd or puts a question in the hiring manager’s mind is something to avoid.