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Should You Use a Local Address on Resumes?

Ask Savvy: Should I Use Someone Else's Address on My Resume?

Dear Savvy,

I'm relocating to a very popular city and I've been told one of the reasons I haven't been getting responses is that I don't have a local address. I stay with close friends when visiting the city for job interviews, and they recommended I use their address on resumes/cover letters. Is this practice pretty typical, or will it come back to haunt me?

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Your close friends are generous to offer up their address, and this is one offer you should definitely accept. Borrowing a local address when you're planning to relocate is a very common practice — I personally used a friend's address when I was searching for a job on the verge of college graduation, and it hasn't come back to haunt me.

Even if you have solid plans of relocating to a new city, some employers are scared off by a non-local address because they don't want to deal with covering relocation costs. Aside from the expense, they know that it will be more complicated to arrange interviews with an out-of-area candidate and don't want to deal with the extra hassle. You're much more likely to be invited to interview if the potential employer doesn't think getting you there will be an obstacle in itself. Not only are you giving the impression that you're making it convenient for them to meet you, but you're also demonstrating your ties to the area.

Hopefully, employers will start responding to your resume in no time. Happy job hunting!


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amytnguyen amytnguyen 5 years
Does anyone have any stories where doing this negatively impacted them? I'm just worried that a potential employer might see it as a dishonest decision if they find out you haven't actually moved yet.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
i would never have thought of that. I thought it would be harder to change your address later but I guess you'd need to do that anyway.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
Yes, this is an important idea. Even when I had stated in cover letters that I was moving to the Bay Area, they would look at my LA address and ask me where I lived, half confused half interested.
blondelawyer blondelawyer 8 years
tiff - I would think that this would work better if you have definite plans to move to a specific city. Otherwise, hope you have friends in all of the big cities where you'll be applying. :)
Smart-Living Smart-Living 8 years
pandacn- If you don't have concrete plans to relocate with a specific timeline, than this becomes a little more tricky. If you're simply hoping to move elsewhere than you can either a) let them know in your cover letter that you're hoping to relocate or b) try and play it off in the interview that you're moving to whatever city and will be moving to said address. But if you choose the second option, be prepared to give a solid time frame of when you'll be making the move.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I did this as well, and it worked. There's nothing wrong with it, and its not like you are lying about your qualifications.
pandacn pandacn 8 years
This is so timely because I was just thinking about this issue. I'm glad that it seems to be an acceptable practice. My remaining concern though, is that it is likely to come out in the interview that I don't actually live in the city on which my resume claims. So if they do ask you what address that is, is it okay to say that is a friend's address? As the practice becomes more popular, won't the employer know that you're using it as a ruse?
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I used my boyfriend's address before when I was looking for a job in Chicago. I'm still looking for a job there, but I can't use his address, because now I'm working in DC. No one is going to believe I really live in Chicago when my office is in DC.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I actually had a temp agency I was working through here in Chicago - tell me to use a friend's address b/c some employers discriminate on you based on where you live and neighborhood. That was eye opening. Let's just say when using the friend's address - I received more interviews and a lot of wide eyed ohh hello when I walked in.
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
Would you recommend this if you ARE looking for a company to relocate you? I am going to be searching for a position anywhere in the South, not neccessarily a specific city. The company that I work for now has always been more than willing to relocate people, and spends a lot of money doing it.
verily verily 8 years
I did not do this. But I fortunately had a friend who was willing to put me up in her living room for 4 weeks and I made that very clear to the people who contacted me that relocating would not be a hassle. As it turns out, my employer was in the process of moving across town as I started working. So I was able to line up a new apt. very close to the new location and stay at my friend's who lived very close to the old location.
nancita nancita 8 years
Interesting! I know people do this a lot but I would have thought it was frowned upon. Glad you are honest about it actually working.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Thanks for keeping it real, Savvy! I've seen so many other sites/books that say the opposite about doing something like this, but clearly, it works! Do you have advice for applying for jobs in a city where you don't have a connection like that?
moni603 moni603 8 years
I also did this and it worked like a charm!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Yep, I did this. I made sure to tell my friend incase anything was sent to me there from the company.
ladypenguin ladypenguin 8 years
When I wanted to relocate to my hometown after being away for college and then work, I had trouble for a couple of months getting employers to respond to my resume with my out of town address--even though my cover letter explained that I was moving back. Then a coworker suggested I put my dad's address on my resume...and what do you know, the next two positions I applied for called me back. It could have been a coincidence, but I think it worked out well!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
I should have known. When I was graduating college I too used my home address (of course I wa from NY moving out) and they all asked me about why I was leaving NY..arg.
avneetks avneetks 8 years
I wish I had known this when I was graduating! It never even crossed my mind. My dreams of advertising in NYC were constantly dashed because I didn't have a local address.
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