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About eliminating address in resume

 
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hi all,
Is it ok to eliminate the address in one's resume. I still will have my e-mail and cell phone number for contact.
I would like your opinions in this regard, especially the hiring managers.
Thanks.
 
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My gut feeling is that HR is a conservative group and will probably be unnerved by smething so unstandard. Granted, most companies with whom I interact never use my address, we only talk by phone and email.
What is the motiviation for taking it off?
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Hi Mark,
You are a public figure and a few moderators.

Hi San,
Keep the mailing address on. It is the first thing that said where you are. Even a homeless person have mailing address -- homeless shelter.
Regards,
MCao
 
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I just have my cell/mobile phone number and email address.
If it get's to the stage where someone wants to send me a contract, they just email me and ask for my postal address.
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Mark,
The reason I want to take it off is because I find my qualifications good enough for certain jobs but the problem is that they want only local candidates.
I am assuming that the reason they are asking for local candidates is to interview people in person without having to pay for their travel and also to avoid the hassle of "relocation".
But in my case I am ready to travel anywhere in the United States for the interview and relocate at my own expenses. I am a foreign student looking to build some experience before I head home.
Matt,
You are right everyone has an address, what made u think I am any different?
 
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I knew a person who decided he wanted to relocate to Colorado. Even though it was the beginning of the IT book in the middle/late 90s, he couldn't find anyone interested in his Unix/C skills.
So he acquired a cell phone with a number local to where he wanted to work. I assume that he didn't reveal his address until he had an interested prospect. He succeeded that way.
 
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In that case, you have little to lose, you might as well take it off.
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besides looking like you have something to hide, they can still recognize the area codes on the cell phone as non-local and throw your resume in the recycling bin just as fast. But, now you also have people throwing it in the garbage because they think you're hiding something!
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I got the job because I was the local candidate. One thing keeping the local address gives the manager bit of confidense that the employee may not leave the company in the near future.
Imagine you have a own house in California and you accepted a job in Chicago. After you joined in Chicago, definitely you look for a job in California, because you don't want to move to Chicago unless until the job is secure (now a days it's so hard). In this situation managers will prefer local candidates.
Just my $.02
 
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Originally posted by Sreenivasa Majji:
I got the job because I was the local candidate. One thing keeping the local address gives the manager bit of confidense that the employee may not leave the company in the near future.
Imagine you have a own house in California and you accepted a job in Chicago. After you joined in Chicago, definitely you look for a job in California, because you don't want to move to Chicago unless until the job is secure (now a days it's so hard). In this situation managers will prefer local candidates.
Just my $.02


I was just about to post to ask what the big deal was anyway. Just the other day I saw a job post saying that they would only accept applications from local candidates. Although I can see a reason for companies not wanting to pay for relocation, if the candidate is willing to pay for it what was the problem, I was asking myself. Thanks for clarifying!
 
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I wonder if this is even legal. Sounds like it might be some type of discrimination. (Since distinace is analog, you'd probably have to argue based on discrimination against state residents, e.g. the IL employer is discriminating against CA residents.)
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Originally posted by Jamie Robertson:
besides looking like you have something to hide, they can still recognize the area codes on the cell phone as non-local and throw your resume in the recycling bin just as fast. But, now you also have people throwing it in the garbage because they think you're hiding something!
Jamie



hello Jamie,
What you said above is a possibility. But don't you think it's better for a resume to get filtered by a human rather than by machines that eliminate by scanning zip codes. There could be a possibility that the resume lands in the hands of a person who filters based on the job seeker's credentials rather than zip codes.
My whole idea was to get through those machines. After that if the recruiter feels that being a local candidate is more important than the credentials listed then I'd be better off not working for that firm.
Filtering based on cell phone area code might not work well for the recruiters, for obvious reasons. They would loose a lot by doing that. I don't think anyone would go that far.
 
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Hi San,
If you have someone at the job location area, borrow that person address and use your cell phone number. If you do not, then on the cover page mentions you are willing to relocate on your own because the job description is so unique and seems like a good challenge for you or something in that nature.
Base on all my previous jobs and daily conversations with my manager without mailing address means several things too busy, mobile candidate, or hired gun. As someone who starting out, you don't want create that kind of image.
Depend on the size of the company, some companies not even have resume scanner tools. HR reviews, then hiring manager lieutenant reviews. The hiring manager only give a very brief scan and collect inputs from his lieutenant.
From your original question, I only answer from the obvious based on the majority resumes I read.
Regards,
MCao
 
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I do not know about machine filtering, but I think adding "Willing to travel and relocate on my own expenses" line on the front page of your resume should keep a (sensible) human HR interested.
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