In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Hunter starts a series on stupid résumé mistakes. This video points out a problem with excluding your address from your resume.

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This was the first in a series of what I call stupid resume mistakes that highlight the things job hunters do all the time that are just a huge mistake and interfere with you getting interviews.

This is mistake number one and it was illustrated to me with a recent resume I received (NOTE: I recorded this is a time when I was still doing recruiting. I no longer do search. I coach people into new roles).

I was trying fill a job in New York. I get a resume from someone. It has a name and a mobile number that is a Florida mobile number an email address on the top.

No address.

So, I don't call the person because my ads always say “No relocation. My clients only want people with the legal right to work in the US without sponsorship. There's no relocation available and I don't want to get resumes from third-party recruiters. So, I don't call this person.

The individual tracks me down and calls me all indignant.

“Why didn't you call me? I fit this job to a T!”

I find their resume in my system. I said “because you're obviously in Florida. You sent your resume with Florida phone number on it and my client is not going to pay for relocation. I'm not going to waste my time calling someone to find out that this Florida person is in Florida and will interview and relocate at their own expense. My clients don’t want to be bothered with that. Frankly, I don't either because scheduling interviews for people who are out of the area who can fly themselves up is very inconvenient.”

So, he says, “But, I live in Queens!”

I asked, “How would I know that?” He was silent on the other than the other end of the phone and I said, “you know, you have to make it easy for people to know where you are. You can't expect that they're going to call you to find out where you live when you have already given them a clue with your phone number.”

So, the point I want to make to you is when you're applying for positions make the fit obvious and don't do anything that's going to cause you to be knocked out of consideration right out-of-the-box. You have to know that when you don't put an address and your phone number’s from out of state or out of region (or even, for that matter, out of the country) that people are not going to call you if they're looking for individuals who are local.

Make the fit apparent, okay?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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