Friday, September 15, 2006

Short-term Jobs on Resume

I recently got an email from a job seeker who wanted to know how to handle a nine-month position on her resume. Should she include it; and if so, how should she list it?

Here's what I told her: (continue reading...)


nancyresume said...

Regarding "leaving a 9 month job completely off a resume" ...

I do not recommend this to clients since it must be put on a job application. Its absence from the resume (when on the job app) will draw negative attention from the employer, such as: "Why did you leave this off your resume?"

Like you mention in your blog, and what I (usually) suggest to clients is to put only the year(s) (no months) of employment and "deemphasize" this job in the resume.

There are a number of ways to do this, such as using only a line or two on this short-term position in a chronological resume; or creating a separate section called "Other Work History" where short-term or jobs not relevant to your Job Objective can be listed out quickly with little to no detail.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what to do in creating a resume. I have had 21 jobs, and I am 25 years old. I haven't worked all of 2006. I am now married and have a 3 year old and a adopted 15year old. I really need to go back to work to help out financially and also to get out of the house. I feel like this is serious times and I need a job to support my kids. I guess you would say I'm more serious about work then I ever have been. Most of my Jobs lasted 2 days to 3 years. I don't really know how to put that on a resume. I also am stuck because before I had my kids I had 2 jobs most of the time. That is why some jobs were so short. If I didn't like it I just quit because I knew I had one to fall back on. If you or anyone has suggestions please let me know what to do. Thank You!

Susan Ireland said...

I'm going to answer your question in a new post. Please keep an eye out for it in the upcoming month (January 2007). I'll try to get to it asap.