When a job's worth putting on a resume

It is important to put every job you have on your resume, regardless of your tenure,” Lori Scherwin, founder of Strategize That, says. “Whether it’s 20 years, or 20 minutes, you have an obligation to disclose your entire work history to potential employers. Omitting any experience can leave you at risk of being found out and outed as a liar.

  • Be prepared. Whether you were laid off, terminated or quit because you just couldn’t take it anymore, a hiring manager is likely to ask about what happened. In fact, hiring managers generally ask why you’re looking to leave your old job, even when you were there for ages. Whatever the case, put some thought into the story you want to tell, “whether it was you leaving out of strength, or a learning opportunity which leaves you more able to spot a better fit in the future,” Scherwin says.
  • Don’t despair. Listen, nobody’s perfect … including the person on the receiving end of your resume. “Your next boss wants to know what you can do for him/her, not what you couldn't for your former,” Scherwin says. “And besides, if someone chooses not to interview you because they see a short stint, [it’s] their loss for not even asking the question.”

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