The job search process has changed greatly over the past decade; hiring managers and recruiters expect candidates to compact as much information as possible into a two-page CV and are more critical of your skills and experience than ever before. And with job ads moving from store windows to online job boards and company websites, opportunities are now more accessible to everyone – making competition for jobs much tighter.
Creating a top-notch CV is, therefore, essential. But as we focus on things like employment history and skills, we’re left perplexed about all the small details – which leads us to the question: should you include your address on your CV or not?
Below we’ve covered the pros and cons of including your address on your CV, as well as formatting instructions and a few key examples.
Why You Should Include Your Address
- Your CV is more likely to be found on databases: Most job boards let you sign up by location and notify you of any roles within a certain mile radius (up to 30, for example). If you fail to include an address or a location on your CV, you’ll miss out on these opportunities, unless you physically check the website each and every day.
- You avoid wasting recruiters’ time: Some hiring managers raise huge concern when it comes to long commutes and simply won’t hire a candidate due to that single reason. You can avoid wasting recruiters’ time (as well as your own) by including your address in your personal information, so you don’t have to go through the entire interview process only to find out your location is detrimental to your chances of landing a job offer.
- It shows that you aren’t hiding anything: Failing to include your address in your CV’s contact information section may raise a few eyebrows. It may send alarm bells ringing to hiring managers and they may become wary of taking you through the hiring process as they think you may be a little shady. If you’re competing with an equally skilled candidate, but they have included all the correct personal information, chances are you’ll lose the battle to the finish line.
- It clears up any confusion on previous positions: If you’ve relocated for jobs a number of times, hiring managers may be confused as to where you are currently located. By including your address on your CV, you can clear up any concerns that they may have.
- It allows employers to perform background checks: Certain employers will want to perform background checks on potential candidates but the task will become more difficult if an address is not provided. In order to make their lives easier, include your address and you’ll be one step closer to potentially bagging yourself a new job.
Why You Shouldn’t Include Your Address
- You may be discriminated based on commute time: On the other end of the spectrum, you may be discriminated purely on your commute time just because of your address. This can hinder your chances of even getting through to the interview stage, which is quite unfair. By not including your full address, you can avoid this altogether and show the hiring manager in your interview that you are 100% happy with commuting and have been doing it for years.
- You could become victim to identity theft: By including your full address on your CV, you could leave yourself open to identity theft. Your CV is usually handled over email, uploaded onto job boards and is limited to any security data – therefore, leaving your information open to hackers and criminals crawling the internet.
- It could be viewed as ‘old-fashioned’: Similar to personal photos, in this era of technology, some hiring managers may view the inclusion of your full address as ‘old-fashioned’. A general location is more common on CVs these days (for example, your city and country).
- You could be subject to economic profiling: If your full address is included on your CV, companies can Google your exact location, analyse the wealth of your area and base a salary according to your living expenses. If you’re located in a cheaper area, hiring managers may assume that your expenses will not be as high and, therefore, offer you a much lower salary than what you’re probably worth.
Where to Put Your Address
Your address should appear just beneath your contact information at the top of your CV – depending on your CV style, this will traditionally appear either in the top left-hand corner, centre or top right-hand corner of your CV.
Below are examples of two different options:
How to Format Your Address
The way you present your address on your CV is just as important as your employment history, personal information, transferable skills and hobbies. In order to keep this information in line with the rest of the document, follow the instructions below:
- Go to the header of your Word document and format your name, telephone number and email address to the centre of the document.
- Type your address beneath this information – bear in mind that you should use actual numbers instead of spelling them out (eg: ‘3’ instead of ‘three’). Also, use the abbreviation ‘apt’ instead of ‘apartment’, and include a comma after the street address. For example, 57 Crow Lane, Apt 21.
- If you’re including your full address, follow with your city and postcode. For example, 57 Crow Lane, Apt 21, London, KT4 3TH.
- Alternatively, you can simply insert your location so you are not subject to any prejudice. For example, Surrey, London.
This goes without saying, but never include the word ‘address’ in front of your physical address – hiring managers are intelligent people and know what it should look like in written format.
What to Do If You’re Relocating
When you’re relocating to another city or country (or even in the same city), it may be difficult deciding what address to include on your CV or whether to include one at all.
But what if you don’t actually have a physical address yet? Should you put a friend’s address on it just to include something local? The answer is ‘no’. It’s important to be entirely honest – you don’t want to go through the hiring process and then turn around and say that the address you included on your CV isn’t actually yours.
On the other hand, all your employment history will be miles away and this may leave recruiters confused as to your current location if you do not include anything at all. There are two solutions to this problem: you can either inform hiring managers in your cover letter that you are relocating or you can follow the example below.
When it comes to writing an effective CV, every little detail is important, especially your personal information listed at the top of the document – after all, it’s the first piece of information that a potential manager will see. In order to have an appealing CV, your address needs to be formatted and positioned correctly.
Have you included your address on your CV? Let us know your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below…
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