When crafting your CV, you will most probably encounter many questions, and spend some significant time looking for their answers.
One of the most controversial question that you might meet along the way is whether you should list your address on your CV.
There is a great variety of different opinions from employers and employees on the topic, and you might get quite confused what is the right way to go.
We are here to help you by looking into the following questions:
- Should you put your address in your CV?
- What is the right way to add your address in your CV?
- When do you have to add your address in your CV?
And after we go through all these question, and their answers, it should become a lot easier for you to decide if you want to go for it, or not.
So, if you are ready to learn more about the topic, let’s begin.
Should you put your address in your CV?
Let’s jump right to the question – should you actually list your address in your CV?
Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer here, so we will have to go a little deeper.
Years ago, it was a standard practice to list your address on your CV, but in today’s world where most of the hiring process is done online, the address information on your CV becomes obsolete.
However, there are still instances when you might want to (or have to) list it.
To get a better idea of whether you would want to do so, we should take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of listing your address on your CV.
Advantages of including your address in your CV
First, let’s take a look at all the advantages including your address in your CV has:
- Paper contracts – even though we are living in a technology advanced era, some employers still like to send hard paper copies of contracts. Listing your address on your CV can make it easier on those employers, and it would make you look diligent and considerate.
- Commuting (if short-distance) – if two candidates are equally suitable for a role, it is quite likely that the employer would choose the one who has stated in their documents that they live nearby, as that would give better chances that the employee would show up on time every morning. If you live near the office of the company you are applying for, you might want to consider listing your address.
- In-person interview – if you list your address on your CV, and you live nearby to the company’s office, you might be asked for an in-person interview, which would give you a better chance of a good impression with the recruiter.
- Pass the ATS test – some applicant tracking systems (ATS) would be set to search for address in the applicants’ CVs, and so listing yours in your CV might actually help you get more interviews.
Disadvantages of including your address in your CV
Now that we know the advantages of including your address in your CV, it is time to look at the other side of the coin – the disadvantages.
- Commuting (if long-distance) – just like being located close to the company’s office could be an advantage, living further away from it can be a disadvantage.
- Security concerns – it is always a valid concern if you are uncomfortable sharing personal information like your address in your CV. You would want that information to get public, and make yourself vulnerable.
- Limit your job search – if you include your address on your CV, you will most likely be considered mainly for a position nearby you, which will shrink your options greatly.
What is the right way to add your address in your CV?
If you have decided to go for including your address in your CV, you need to know how to do it right.
The first thing you need to understand that there is a right and wrong place for you to include your address on your CV.
The best place to add it is in your CV header, where it would be easy-to-find by the recruiters.
As for what information about your address to include, you can go one of the ways:
- Write your whole home address
- Write only the city and country you live in
The good thing here is that for jobs across the European Union, you will have your data (including your address) protected by the strict GDPR laws.
When do you have to add your address in your CV?
No matter if you want to list your address on your CV or not, sometimes you would not have the choice.
The most common cases when it would be mandatory for you to include your address on your CV are:
- When the company requires specific working locations – you need to keep in mind that there are many factors around your hiring process. One of these is that the company would want you to work close by, or in their physical office. In that case, they might offer relocation packages, or only short-list candidates in their region, but either way, it might work in your favour to include your address on your CV
- When you are applying for a government job – it is quite common that when you apply for a government position, you would be required to share more personal information than you would for a normal position.
- When you work would require you to work with the public – even though many positions now offer remote work, there are still some positions that would require you to work outside your home. And for such positions, the employer would want to take a look at your address, so that they can ensure that you would be a cultural fit, or that you know the region well enough to perform well on your job. Such jobs are firefighters, law enforcement officers, social workers, public school teachers, etc.
We are all done, now you know when and how to include your address in your CV.
Let’s go through all the essential information you would want to remember one more time:
- Listing your address in your CV is no longer mandatory, but you need to keep in mind that it comes with both advantages and disadvantages, so make sure you weight them carefully
- If you decide to include your address in your CV, you can decide from two different options to do so:
- Include your whole home address
- Include only the city and the country you reside
- Your address should always be in your CV header, as it would make it easy-to-find by the recruiters
- There are certain positions that would require you to include your address in your CV, so make sure you do so for them
Now that you know all that, carefully decide if you want to list your address in your CV, and do so in the best way.