Managers and recruiters, would you hold it against an applicant if there was no street address on his resume? That's this month's Job Lounge poll (in the upper left corner of this page).
Some job seekers are concerned about putting a street address on their resumes because of identity theft and personal security. MapQuest and Google Maps have made the latter concern even deeper. And I sometimes wonder if managers conduct "geographic profiling." A quick look at the map could tell the employer what sort of neighborhood you live in, which might influence hiring decisions and salary negotiations.
If you received a resume from a qualified job seeker, would you hold it against him if he didn't include a street address in the heading of his resume? I asked this question on LinkedIn's section for Human Resources Professionals, and got several valuable responses.
If you are or have been a manager or recruiter, let us know what you think with a quick "yes" or "no" in the poll, or comment to this post.
The poll closed on January 20th with the following results:
Yes: 50 (45%)
No: 61 (54%)
Thank you, Job Loungers!
If a job seeker is applying directly to a specific company, and her resume is being submitted via US Post or directly onto the company's website, she should include the street address on her resume. The company is unlikely to use her personal information for anything other than her job application so, in my opinion, it seems safe to give them that information up front.
If a job seeker is posting her resume on public job boards (e.g., Monster, Careerbuilder, Craigslist) and she has any hesitation about putting her street address in the public eye, she should delete the street address from the heading for her resume. However, she should be sure to include the city, state, and zip code. Zip code is sometimes one of the "keywords" used by search engines for identifying people for a job opening. Without the zip, a resume may be overlooked.