I was reading this thread about if an address is really needed on a resume.
Does not having an address on a resume exclude it from consideration?
I recently had a difference of opinion about whether job seekers should include their address on their resume. I hold that it is not necessary since most contact is done by phone or email, and not by snail mail. I also think that it has a risk of ending up in the wrong hands. My co-worker disagrees and says that HR professionals want to know whether the applicant is within commuting distance or not. He says that if there isn't an address included, the resume will be immediately discarded.
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My view is aligned with your position. At least as far as the software industry goes, tons of people are leaving physical address off these days. In fact, many people don't have resumes and instead use online profiles. In software, there is much more demand than available engineers, so if we throw out a resume just because it doesn't have an address, we're shooting ourselves in the foot. It results in fishing in a smaller pond and with more competition.
Throwing the resumes out might be reasonable when doing high-volume recruiting in an industry where available candidates far outstrips demand.
I happen to also share the opinion that since most contact these days is done by email or phone, the address is not necessary on a resume.
Is this actually the case? Or would excluding my mailing address from my resume be detrimental towards my chances at catching a potential employer's attention?