Is Leaving a Job Off of Your Resume Ever OK?
Not every job has a happy ending, sometimes employers and employees can’t resolve their differences and it ends in a parting of ways. But what if you didn’t get to leave a job on your terms? Should you leave a job you were fired from off of your resume?
First, let’s think about why your resume is so important. Resumes are essentially marketing documents. Their main purpose is to present your relevant experience and qualifications to an employer that will get you to the interview. Resumes must be truthful and should not mislead the prospective employer in any way. However, there are some legitimate reasons to leave a job off of your resume.
But what if you were fired?
You should never leave off relevant jobs from a resume that will cause an employer to be misled. Even though some job experiences may place you in an unfavorable light, you should still include them on your resume.
Your reasons for leaving will most likely come up in the interview and you should instead turn your attention to explaining what happened. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare to face any awkward questions.
The good news is, you are not alone. Most people who find a home in corporate America have been laid off, fired, or experienced downsizing at one time or another. The way that businesses are now restructured, any stigma associated with being fired is not what it used to be; it’s actually how you deal with being let go that will ultimately decide how you move forward in your career.
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