No home address on résumé: Is that a problem?

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Q. I have received several résumés that do not include a home address. Is this a red flag? — L.Y., New York

A. Not necessarily. While some em­­ployers may view such résumés as being incomplete or be concerned that the applicants are trying to hide something, there are several good reasons why an individual may choose to leave his or her home address off a résumé.

1. Fear of disqualification based on location. Some employers admit that they prefer local candidates be­­cause they’re worried that employees who have long commutes will have poor attendance records, will burn out sooner, or will leave as soon as they find something closer to home. Keep in mind that the applicant may be willing to relocate or could thrive despite a long commute.

2. Fear of bias based on location. Applicants may fear that stereotypes about low-income or predominantly minority neighborhoods could hurt their chances of being called.

3. Identity theft/privacy concerns. Individuals may be trying to limit the amount of personal information they give out.

4. Applicant is homeless, is living at a shelter, or is a victim of domestic abuse and is living at a safe house.

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