On your resume, do you list reasons why you left a job?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No, I don’t think that’s appropriate on a resume.

Post # 3
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely not. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. He should use the resume like an advertisement about himself, and only include key highlights he wants to share with them. Frankly, if he left his last position for a reason like that, I’d consider leaving it off the resume.

Post # 4
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

LadyBlackheart: No, that kind of information never goes on a resume. It will be addressed in the interview, and ONLY if the interviewers bring it up. 

Post # 5
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

No – that’s a conversation to have during the interview. Not to put on a resume.

Post # 6
3018 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I put on very clearly that all my short jobs were term contract positions. It’s not quite the same, but if your guy has two jobs in a place an hour outside atlanta bracketing that three months, it should be relatively clear.

Post # 7
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

LadyBlackheart:  No. Never include that information on a resume. He can explain it during the interview, but even then only if he is asked about it specifically.

Post # 10
1928 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely do not include reasons for leaving.  Especially if the reason is ‘strenuous commute’ Which could sound whiny and complaining (even if it is totally justified to me!)

Has he been working long enough where he could put years on his resume and not the months?  Like:


ABC Corp ……..: 2013-present

Correctional Officer ……… 2013

XYZ Corp,  Manager……… 2008-2012

Post # 11
5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If he hasn’t graduated then academic experience is not relevant. If there are any industry-specific certifications he can get quickly, then it would be worth the workshop or exam fees to have that to add to the resume. I’m assuming you’re in Georgia and a quick google search turns up this certification exam: http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/pdf/CorrectionalOfficerBrochure.pdf

Post # 12
2075 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

LadyBlackheart:  if he has relevant academic experience, it is totally appropriate to include it on the resume. People typically write it up the same way they would if they had completed the program, but instead of “graduation date” they say “expected graduation date”   Or, if he is not actually enrolled in a degree conferring program at the moment, you can also create a section for relevant academic exoerience, and list some of the most relevant courses he has taken. This sort of thing is very common, especially when working professionals are simultaneously pursuing advanced degrees, MBAs, certificates, etc. 

Post # 13
643 posts
Busy bee

LadyBlackheart:  No. That conversation belongs in aninterview where you can provide context and at least know they are interested in you. 

Post # 14
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999


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