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Old 02-20-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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So I live in California, but am originally from the East Coast. I've been told by 2 or 3 people that having a number local to where I live matters to some companies.

I wasn't sure if this was true because I do have a California address.

I had contemplated changing my number, but I didn't want to change my number after applying to jobs with my old number. I was thinking I'd continue my job search, save the jobs I want to apply to, wait a week, change my number, then apply to those jobs.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-20-2016, 02:14 PM
 
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Not where I work. When I receive an application, the last thing I look at is the phone number. We just hired a new employee and he does not have a local area code, but I could care less.
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Old 02-20-2016, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I don't think it matters any more. Now that a lot of people keep their cellphone numbers because everyone they know has those numbers, and because they are often tied to all of your accounts, people do not think it is odd if you don't have a local number. In South Florida, people have all kinds of different area codes, and nobody questions it at all.
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Old 02-20-2016, 02:24 PM
 
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So I live in California, but am originally from the East Coast. I've been told by 2 or 3 people that having a number local to where I live matters to some companies.

I wasn't sure if this was true because I do have a California address.

I had contemplated changing my number, but I didn't want to change my number after applying to jobs with my old number. I was thinking I'd continue my job search, save the jobs I want to apply to, wait a week, change my number, then apply to those jobs.

Any thoughts?

As long as they see that California address, then I am pretty sure they will look right past your number.
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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So I live in California, but am originally from the East Coast. I've been told by 2 or 3 people that having a number local to where I live matters to some companies.

I wasn't sure if this was true because I do have a California address.

I had contemplated changing my number, but I didn't want to change my number after applying to jobs with my old number. I was thinking I'd continue my job search, save the jobs I want to apply to, wait a week, change my number, then apply to those jobs.

Any thoughts?
I don't think phone numbers matter. I've lived in 3 different states recently, but have maintained my original phone number. I have gotten plenty interviews without issues.
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:16 PM
 
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So I live in California, but am originally from the East Coast. I've been told by 2 or 3 people that having a number local to where I live matters to some companies.

I wasn't sure if this was true because I do have a California address.

I had contemplated changing my number, but I didn't want to change my number after applying to jobs with my old number. I was thinking I'd continue my job search, save the jobs I want to apply to, wait a week, change my number, then apply to those jobs.

Any thoughts?
I was getting calls from agencies on the East coast, for a "Chat" then they'd direct me to their "Affiliate"... if the call went further....
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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Address is much more important than the phone number.

Lots of companies won't hire lower level candidates from out of state, even when the candidate is willing to pay for their own relocation.

Kind of defeats the purpose of "just look out of state if you can't find a job".
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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Regarding phone numbers, I recently talked to someone whose son works with an agency that sells software to human resource agencies and departments. She mentioned that there is a trend now with companies wanting to weed out applicants more and more, and one of the criteria they're looking at, is developing filters that weed out applicants who have numbers associated with burner phones, Tracfones or other non-contract phones. The reasoning is (supposedly) that applicants with burner phones probably have poor credit, or are kids fresh out of college who don't have the wherewithal to get a "real" phone.

Or whatever. It sounded crazy to me, but it also kind of sounded like the just the kind of insane/unfair thing that companies would do, to add an extra barrier to stem the flood tide of applicants. (As in, it wouldn't disqualify you, but it would be a negative during whatever automated application review process they have.)
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:17 AM
 
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This reminds me of something my brother did when we moved to California years ago. We both got a job at the same factory and shared an apartment. The company insisted that we give them our phone number and we didn't want to so my brother gave them the number of the pay phone outside our local market. One day the Supervisor asked my brother "How many people do you have living in your place, every time I call you somebody different answers ?". I don't think he ever figured it out.
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