Post # 1
This question is not for me but for my Fiance. An opening for a correctional officer position FINALLY opened up in our local area. He is applying for it and he asked me to help him create his resume today. So I told him to start by listing his work experience and any academic related experience and I would take it from there. He sent it to me and he included the reasons he left his previous positions.
Now he does have some experience as a correctional officer. However, he was only there for three months but he had to quit because the commute was very hard on him. This particular commute was to Atlanta and he lived too far out. Plus the job did not pay enough for him to afford to move closer to his job. So he had to quit to save his sanity. He told me that he came close to falling asleep on the commute several times. So thankful that he didn’t!
Which is why we are so happy that this particular correctional officer position is much closer! He will have a short commute this time AND he does not have to move.
Anyway, I am thinking that it’s not a good idea to list reasons why you left a job on your resume. For example, “Left to pursue other opportunities”, etc. I feel that should be addressed in the interview, if he gets one. But I also know that it looks kind of bad that he left his last correctional officer job after only three months. On what he sent me, he wrote “Left due to strenous commute and inability to find housing”. I feel like that I leave that, it also looks bad.
So I’m not sure what to do. What are your thoughts?
Post # 2
No, I don’t think that’s appropriate on a resume.
Post # 3
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
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
No – that’s a conversation to have during the interview. Not to put on a resume.
Post # 6
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
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 # 9
Thanks guys! You all confirmed my initial feeling of leaving it off the resume. Now my next question. Do I include his academic experience? He has taken criminal justice courses at college but he has not graduated yet. He also hasn’t been to college in a year, he had to take some time off. But he will be going back this January. Do I list his academic experience? Or leave it off entirely?
Post # 10
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
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
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
LadyBlackheart: No. That conversation belongs in aninterview where you can provide context and at least know they are interested in you.