Why Zipcodes Matter

I stopped listing street addresses on resumes about 7 years ago when I learned about websites like Zillow.com, Spokeo, and Google Street View. These sites allow anyone to find out how much you paid for your home, when you bought it, what your annual taxes are, and the type of neighborhood you live in.

It’s not exactly the type of information you want to reveal to company recruiters who determine compensation and benefits. Perhaps you might be “too expensive” for them, or you don’t live “on the right side of the tracks” so to speak. Or you live in an apartment complex and rent, giving the impression that you are young, or you just foreclosed on a home. Regardless, it’s really no one’s business where you live, so I believe it’s in your best interest not to include it on a resume. Besides, with identity theft so prevalent, it’s best not to disclose your full address until you absolutely have to.

That being said, you should put your city, state, and zip code on your resume along with your contact information. When hiring managers begin their search for candidates, most often they look for local applicants  first, within a certain driving distance to their location. Usually it’s 50 miles. Local candidates are easier to hire, cost less because no relocation reimbursement is required, and they don’t have to worry about their new hire fitting in with the local culture. They already have roots. And that’s easier on everyone.

This is the reason you won’t find a street address listed at the top of a First Rate Resume™.

 

 

 

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