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Five Good Reasons To Leave A Job Off Your Resume

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Your resume is a marketing document, not a legal one. You don’t have to  list every job you’ve ever held. You can include the jobs you want to include on your resume, and leave other jobs out of the picture.

Of course, you will have to explain in your resume why you left Job A in 2012 and showed up at Job B in 2014. Employers and recruiters will want to know what you were doing between 2012 and 2014.

Maybe you were consulting or taking a sabbatical, either one of which activities is completely your say-so, of course.

Your resume is a marketing document, not a legal one. You don’t have to  list every job you’ve ever held. You can include the jobs you want to include on your resume, and leave other jobs out of the picture.

Of course, you will have to explain in your resume why you left Job A in 2012 and showed up at Job B in 2014. Employers and recruiters will want to know what you were doing between 2012 and 2014.

Maybe you were consulting or taking a sabbatical, either one of which activities is completely your say-so, of course.

3. You left the job on bad terms.

4. The company you worked for is notorious for all the wrong reasons.

5. Your gut says, “Leave this job off your resume!”

If you know or suspect that even against their employment attorney’s counsel the folks at a past job would say negative things about you, then simply leave the job off your resume and your LinkedIn profile.

If you worked at a job for three or four months and then realized it wasn’t your cup of tea and left, why include it on your resume? It will only raise questions about why you took the job and why it didn’t work out.

You can leave a job off your resume if your relationship with your boss or the management generally was tense and hostile when you left. Our elders taught us that if you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all, so omitting this employer from your resume is the best bet.

If you conduct a search on the LinkedIn member database some time you’ll be surprised to see how few LinkedIn users claim their stints at notorious companies like Enron.

Whenever an organization is in the news for bad actions on the part of its leaders, watch as its ex-employees distance themselves from its brand — and who can blame them?

The last reason to leave a job off your resume is that you feel like it. If your gut says, “I just think it would be wiser to drop this job from my resume than to include it,” listen to your gut.

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