We say don’t include your full home address.


A Suburb and Postcode, or City and Postcode should be sufficient at the application stage. In the first instance, including your full home address on your resume could potentially expose to you to economic and demographic profiling. Secondly, your address could also influence the screener because in their opinion, you live too far away from the place of employment and they might make assumptions about the length of your commute that don’t work in your favour. Most in-house recruiters tend to qualify people with long commutes to have more stress and often eventually quit the job “because of the commute.” And if the employee quits, the company doesn’t look good and they have to replace you. That’s more work and added expense for the employer.

Don’t expose yourself for discrimination based on your address. If an employer needs your address as part of the screening process, they can ask for it.

The flip side of this is if a job advertisement specifically states that locals will be given preferential consideration. If this is the case, by all means indicate your home address on your resume, but only include the city or town in which you live to support your application. Leave your street and suburb detail out, if for no other reason than to protect your privacy.

And yes, we’ve heard anecdotes about Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) screening out candidates based on their location, or lack thereof. For every position you apply for, wherever possible, we always advise that a candidate makes contact with the employer/recruiter before submitting an application.

Ask if there is any preference with regard to the location of candidates, and reflect their response in your CV.

Another reason not to add your home address on your resume is for safety purposes, particularly if the job is advertised on a third-party site. A safer option would be to look for the similar job ad on a secure site or the company’s direct website.


(updated 2021)

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