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Think Twice Before Leaving Short-Term Employment Off Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: September 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Sometimes there are reasons for staying at a job just a brief time. Maybe it’s a temporary position, an internship, or just a bad choice. Whatever the reason for coming and going quickly, think twice before leaving short-term employment off your resume.

Review Why You Left in Such a Hurry 

One of the most important steps to take before you design your resume is determining what information to include, especially when it comes to work experience.

If you have a short-term job in your work history, consider how long you actually worked there and how the experience applies to the position under consideration. If there is no benefit and it lasted a very short time—no more than a few weeks—you may want to leave it off your resume. 

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Gaps in Employment Raise a Red Flag 

One of the quickest ways to get recruiters and hiring managers wondering about your suitability for the position is by having gaps in employment on your resume. Yes, the recent economy affected numerous people and resulted in long-term unemployment for many. However, that doesn’t release you from the obligation of explaining what you did during your time off.

Whether you worked as a volunteer, took temporary jobs, went back to school, worked as a consultant, or did something else entirely, be sure to fill in the blanks. Eventually, potential new employers will want to know what you did between regular jobs.

Point to the Accomplishments in Your Career

While it isn’t wise to showcase your short-term job, don’t avoid it either. Wherever you can, highlight accomplishments from it.

Consider if you learned aspects of a new industry, developed a new skill, or even discovered something new about yourself, like the ability to adapt quickly to unfamiliar situations. Make sure to show how it links to your current career path and the position available.

Ultimately, it’s important to be honest. While you aren’t likely to include an explanation in your resume, be prepared to explain that the position wasn’t a good fit for you, for the employer, for your career, or whatever the case may be in the interview.