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Do I have to put all my past jobs / previous work experience on my resume?


Question Posted Monday January 10 2011, 1:57 am

I'm filling out job applications and turning in resumes and I realized that I don't really want to put down one place I worked at. I worked there for a few months but I didn't like the job and it's a place around here that everybody thinks is pretty low (bad employees, bad management, bad everything). I don't want a possible employer to read it and say, "Oh, it's one of those people..." Is it acceptable for me to not include that part of my previous work experience? I feel like it would hold me back from some job opportunities in this area if I put it on my resume. I wouldn't be like lying but I'd just be excluding a part of my past, right? What do you think? I don't want to break some unspoken rule about resume techniques, of course.

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aperson88 answered Monday January 10 2011, 4:34 pm:
i dont think you need to add it if it doesnt benefit you. so no you wont be lying. like for example when i went to the career office at uni. the woman there told me to only add my GPA on the resume if its good. so see i think its the same thing here your resume has to have everything that benefits, it doesnt have to have everything you've done in your life. choose the things that make you look good, its called being smart not lying. :D

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adviceman49 answered Monday January 10 2011, 3:18 pm:
You need to put your most recent work experience on your resume. If the job you are speaking about is among your most recent, within the last 5 years, in the reason for leaving potion of the application, you can write "Found the job unacceptable, Bad Management, poor team work etcetera".

By explaining the reason for leaving you are telling this future employer that you are "NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE"> It is always better to tell the truth then to lie by omission and have some one find out. You can also explain further in your cover letter if you feel this is really necessary.

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solidadvice4teens answered Monday January 10 2011, 2:48 am:
You aren't supposed to put every single job you worked at on an application or resume. You are only supposed to put those which have something related be it skills or position that have something to do with what you are applying for.

It's common practice to have more than one kind of cover letter for different types of jobs and the same with your CV (resume). For example if you were applying to work in a bank you wouldn't want to put that you worked at Taco Bell as head burrito maker in 1988 As good as you may have been.

They don't have the time to call all these employers up anyways or do an investigation that would unearth this job you worked at for a few months. If you don't indicate it they won't know about it.

And, if for some strange reason they ever knew you worked there briefly tell them you left for the reasons you told us. But.. that won't happen. They'll just call people you list as references on your CV and go by your interview.

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hitler_the_goat answered Monday January 10 2011, 2:24 am:
you can omit things like that, but you're running the risk that they'll find out, and might get really pissed that you didn't tell them.
-Gunner

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