John asks, “Do employers care if an applicant uses a PO Box as a mailing address? I’m concerned about privacy and don’t want my real address circulating all over the internet.”
It used to be a bad idea to include a P.O. box on a resume — many employers were suspicious and wondered why a street address wasn’t listed. Times have changed, and use of P.O. boxes on resumes is becoming more common as job seekers try to protect their private contact information. Employers still want to know where you live, but if the P.O. Box is in your hometown, it’s not a problem. Just make sure to include a zip code so that you turn up in applicant searches if you are a local candidate. Also, keep in mind that if an employer is interested in you, you will most likely be contacted by phone or email.