Do you need your suburb, state and postcode on your resume? YES! Many companies have location as a minimum requirement in the applicant tracking system (ATS). If you don't have your location in the correct format and place it in your resume, there is a chance that the ATS will reject your application straight away.
Ask yourself if there a particular reason you want it removed?
Perhaps you are applying for a job in a different state or country and don't want the barrier in place for the hiring manager. Maybe you live in crime central or quite an effluent area and don't want to be typecast by the employer.
How to write your address on your resume?
Regardless of your reason, we might be able to suggest another method for you.
Option 1) Perhaps honesty is the best policy?
You can risk being judged by your location. If you choose to do this, explain in your cover letter that while you currently live in this suburb, you are looking to move to that suburb for these reasons.
Option 2) Make the location close to the office.
For example, I live in Hope Island, QLD, 4212; however, let's say I want to go back to living and working in Melbourne. On the top of my resume, I could pop the suburb details of where I am looking at living if I landed the job. This trick is often used for people who want to move states for work but don't want to tell them that they haven't actually moved yet.
Option 3) Use a location close to the office, however, put the details in white font or behind an image.
Using this method, the location will show up in their database as the suburb you want to move to, to reduce the bias, but on paper, when they print out the resume for an interview, they don't see it to affect their judgement.
Option 4) Eliminate the location from the resume.
This option will risk your chances of the resume parsing through the ATS. If you choose to go down this route, follow up job applications with an email/LinkedIn message to the hiring manager. A simple message to say:
“Thanks for the opportunity to apply for the X role. I submitted my application yesterday through Seek, however, I have also attached my resume in case it didn’t go through. I look forward to discussing the role and its challenges with you.”
Remember, your goal in resume writing is to make sure your resume parses the ATS so you get hired! If you are unsure, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can review what you have and offer some feedback on how to uplift your application for free!
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