The One Thing Missing from Today’s Resumes

Whenever I receive an invitation from someone who has included “Looking for new opportunities” on their profile I not only accept but invite them to utilize the Library page on my website and invite them to send me their resume.

Usually the latter offer, if not the former, is accepted. But lately I have had to reject many resumes and ask that they be edited. Why? For some reason job seekers now think that their city and state of residence are not important. They are wrong.

No prospective employer, let alone a recruiter, needs to know your address. But, we do need to know where you live. Some searches are national; maybe even international. But most are local. And if the person is not in commuting distance it is a waste of everyone’s time to contact them.

True, the job seeker may be willing to move. But that is irrelevant. If the employer wants someone local, they have to be local.

There was a time when an area code would tell an employer a candidate’s location. No longer. Most people, rightly, supply their cell phone number. The area code is an indication of where they got the phone, not where they are living. So the only way to know is if you tell us.

I am now working on a number of searches in New York City. Especially for the ones in Queens, I have received hundreds of resumes. They have come from as far away as Dubai. It takes time to review resumes. And there is no time to waste on people who do not understand the needs of the employer/recruiter. So those who apply without providing their current location, I don’t contact. (Why then, you ask, do I give new LinkedIn connections a second chance? Good question.)

I admit, I may be making a tactical error, but I don’t think so. You see, I offer my clients a six-month guarantee that if for any reason a placement does not work out I will find a replacement for free. I don’t like to honor that guarantee. One way I avoid that is by sticking to my standards.

If a candidate does not think about the needs of the employer, odds are, if they get the job, they won’t think about the needs of the customer or client and that means they won’t last six months.

So think about what makes life easier for the employer/recruiter and don’t try to hide things that you can’t hide. What’s going to happen? If I do call you, even though you did not include your city and state of residence on the resume, are you going to refuse to tell me where you live? Of course not. And if you live in Peoria and want to move to Queens, NY, do you think that will matter to my client? It won’t and we will have a very short conversation.