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Old 10-15-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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Is it ever okay to omit a job from your resume. I worked at a job for four years that I left four months ago for what I thought would be a more challenging upwardly mobile opportunity. Unfortunately the work was less challenging and I was reporting to an inexperienced condescending micromanager from hell. It reached a point when I was cringing when I saw him coming or heard his voice nearing. Stressed out and suffering from extreme anxiety I quit without having another job lined up. Now I have to look for work. Do I just leave this bad experience off the resume. How can I explain that I left after just four months without having anything else lined up? The other concern is that this most recent job paid a lot more than the one that i had for four years. Knowing that employers base your pay on what you previously made leaving the most recent job on would put me at a higher salary but the short term may keep me off employers raider... Any professional advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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If it was just for four months, I'd leave it off and say you were traveling or taking care of a sick relative.

Don't worry about what the last job paid. They don't really base your salary off what you were paid before, at least not in my experience.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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It is a case by case basis. Usually if the job is not relevant to the job you are applying to then it is okay to leave the job off your resume. It becomes murky when it comes to the job application though. For that you should list every job you were in although many people do not list every job they worked in (they usually only verify up to the last 7-10 years anyways). Although some employers (very rarely) employ vigorous background checks in which they check payroll taxes so that they can see your full employment history. If this happens then you will get in trouble for lying to the employer.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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if there's only one gap like that don't sweat it too much.
but still, I'd use a vague term like "temping in industry X"

hth
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:55 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We don't care or ask how much you made before, as we have set salary ranges for each position. We also wouldn't ask questions about a gap in
the work history, but if you didn't explain it, we'd assume you were not working for 4 years and that raises a red flag. Most people that have a good reason would mention it in the interview, but you might not get one with a gap that size and recent.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Correct me if I am wrong but won't "not" putting a job on your resume raise a red flag, when they do the background/credit check and that job shows up on the report?
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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Correct me if I am wrong but won't "not" putting a job on your resume raise a red flag, when they do the background/credit check and that job shows up on the report?
My answer to that: it's a "functional" resume
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: GA
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Did you give them ---the 4 month job--- notice or just not show up? Quitting without another is not the concern, more how you handled your departure. If this applies to the current field you want, you would to include it to show "progression," at least in terms of pay. This is not important to all companies but can show increasing responsibility. If you gave notice, it was a "mutually agreed upon" separation. It is good to show recent work even if uncomfortable.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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It's ok to omit a job from your resume but 4 years is a long time period to omit. You dont have to list why you left on your resume. Just list your duties and leave it at that. If you get an interview and someone asks you why you left, then you explain. But dont sh*t talk about your former employer.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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yes, it is ok to leave it off. A resume is not a legal documentation that will get you jailed, it is just another human being looking at it.


please, people make such crimes of resumes.
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