We looked at names the last time. This time around we are looking at contact details.
I have seen ALL the time that we put our FULL address on the CV. This poses a huge risk in todays’ world where we have virtually everything digital. Imagine the worst case scenario. Hackers can use your full details for free and with little effort. You have your HOME address and phone numbers with e-mail address there. It is just that easy.
TRUE LIFE – I was on my way to an interview. I had all my details on my resume. I lost it on my way there and could not attend the interview. Robbers could lay their hands on it and pay me a visit or set me up. Yes. They can. They can open an account in your name ( BVN may stop them this time around). There are numerous things they can do with the little information they have on you. It all just depends on how far they want to go.
TRUE LIFE – There was someone staying in Ogun State but wants to get a job in Lagos. First thing we did was to remove the address. How will he work conveniently in Lagos and travel to Ogun State everyday. He eventually got the job, and moved in with a friend in Lagos. Job was for N 150,000.00 per month.
Don’t deny yourself of a good job because of distance.
Most employers want you to be comfortable coming and leaving the office. We are aware of the daily traffic especially for those in major cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Not putting your address doesn’t mean you should lie during interview. It means you should know what is doable and what is not.
If Chevron is offering me a position is Lekki and I live in Ibadan, I know for certain the pay will cover my accommodation down the line. I wouldn’t take the same risk if it is Ajanlekoko International PLC that is offering me same position. Be certain it is DOABLE. Be sure you can get someone that can accommodate while you look to get your own place.
I have NEVER seen an employer post employment letters to an address. Very rare and uncommon for them to do that. Maybe top companies. Even at that; you may be required to pick up your offer letter at the office and sign some more documents. So the address on your resume is irrelevant.
E-mail and Phone Number.
Your e-mail should be simple. I prefer you use your name and do away with numbers. You do not want to have issues not receiving emails from employers.
Do away with long e-mails : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . It is ideal you fashion your e-mail in accordance with your name, you can use dots if your name is already taken : I like email@example.com better than firstname.lastname@example.org.
The general convention for Phone Number is simple : 0805 – XXX – XXXX or +234 – 805 – XXX – XXXX . I do not see anything wrong in using two mobile lines on your resume.
Instead of putting the address, you may put the location – Surulere, Lagos or Ibadan, Oyo. That gives the employer an idea of where you stay.
Comments and suggestions are welcomed.