When it comes to CVs, one of the most common queries being asked is, “should you put your address on your CV?”
If you would have asked this question to a professional CV writer 10 or 15 years ago, the answer to this question would almost certainly have been yes.
However as the influence of the internet and online recruiting continues to grow, there are pros and cons for including your address on your CV or resume.
Why NOT to put your address on your CV / resume
One of the biggest problems that the internet has highlighted is identity theft. Sadly there are people who make a living out of stealing other people’s details and using them fraudulently.
Any information that may be useful to identity thieves should be shared sparingly. This does not just apply to your address. Is there any reason that you need to include that sensitive information on your CV / resume? If not, then don’t include it!
Privacy is a priority whenever you use email or go online, and it’s a good rule to include as little sensitive information as possible unless you’re using encryption.
Having said that, there are so many different ways your identity can be stolen, and your CV isn’t at the top of the scammer’s wish list.
In fact, the letterbox in the hall of the building where you live is much more tempting! The most common complaints about identity theft include government/benefits fraud, credit card fraud, phone and utility fraud, and bank fraud – not CV fraud.
That’s not to say it isn’t a concern. Even if you feel comfortable including your physical address on your resume, never include identifying information such as your social security number, driver’s licence number, age, date of birth, marital status, or any other personal information.
None of this information is relevant to getting the job, and you definitely don’t want to set yourself up for fraud by sharing too much.
Getting around putting your address on your CV
Another reason not to put your address on your CV is if you live in a ‘bad’ area or have an unsafe address. The fact that you live in such an area should never deter you from applying for a job! If you have the qualifications, skills, experience and desire to do the job – go for it. However rather than give your full address – it is perfectly okay to state you are currently located in a city rather than a specific area in that city.
Most recruitment departments and hiring managers keep fully up to date with the latest CV and interview practices. As long as you supply them with a telephone and email address, they will understand if your CV resume does not contain your full address.
Your best bet is to put your address on your CV when you think it does you a favour. Many employers would prefer a candidate who lives close to the job. So if you do, tell them so. Make the decision on a case-by-case basis.