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Resumes: Your missing zip code could be the reason you’re missing out

By Courtney Jones

Have you found yourself dwelling within the realm of the “in between?”

It’s the place where Job Seekers temporarily reside while in between careers—and also a polite response to overzealous academics when asked what you do for a living (and you aren’t currently employed). “Oh, I’m in between careers at the moment” seems a suitable reply.

But there’s a reason you may be in a perpetual state of living within the in between—and it could be as simple as not having your zip code on our resume.

We’re here, where are you?

It’s called radial searching, and it’s a major filter recruiters, job boards and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) use when seeking suitable candidates. Having your zip code on your resume is more important than your actual address. You may live within a two block radius of a potential employer, but if your zip code isn’t listed on your resume, you won’t get filtered in during the first round of applicant pooling.

How does it work?

As soon as location details are entered into an ATS, key terms and words found in your resume pertaining to that specific job description are drilled down on, and qualified candidates within those location parameters are selected to be contacted. If no qualified candidates are found, recruiters and hiring managers will perform a manual search of their database, and you may get lucky and turn up during that second round of manual searching. But why take the risk?

Searching by zip code geographically narrows down the number of qualified job seekers, and if you can’t be found, you don’t exist—and neither do your exemplary qualifications.

Your resume is your foot in the door. Ensure your address is complete with your correct zip code, so you can be found when opportunity knocks.


by Courtney Jones

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