iStock_000017356289XSmallAre you plotting a move to a new city or state—perhaps going along with your spouse or significant other, who has just landed an amazing new gig that requires relocation? If so, you may need to find a new job for yourself—but conducting an out-of-state job search brings its own set of questions and challenges.

What About Your Resume?

For example, what changes might you need to make to your resume? We’ll tell you the main one: If you’re looking for a job in another city or state, it may be wise to remove your physical mailing address from the resume’s contact section.

Ultimately, hiring managers should look only at your skills and qualifications, but we all know that’s not always how it happens. A hiring manager may very well see that you’re an out-of-state applicant and fear that the logistics of interviewing and relocating you will be more trouble than they’re worth. Though employers never admit it, it’s a simple fact that many of them do reject candidates simply because they are from out of state.

Removing your address can be prudent, then: It’s not really relevant to your skills and qualifications, yet its presence on a resume may inhibit the progress of your job search.

Further Tips for Out-of-State Job Searching

Some additional points to consider:

  • If you’re worried about your phone area code tipping off employers, try getting a Google phone number—it’s free!
  • Be ready to discuss your living situation. Request a phone or Skype interview for the first round, and if pressed on the point say something like, “Yes, I am located in South Carolina right now but am moving to New York soon.”
  • If you do decide to keep your mailing address on your resume, or if it is present on your social media profiles, reference the move in your cover letter, and try to provide a specific timeframe.

Above all, be honest and be candid. A willingness to communicate openly and freely can go a long way toward resolving potential issues. And if you need further guidance, don’t hesitate to call the Grammar Chic resume team at 803-831-7444, or reach out at