Two Minute Tuesday: Can I Leave Jobs Off My Resume?

Welcome back to another 2MT Taylor Maurer here with another resume tip. I sometime get questions from candidates if they can leave a job that they had off of their resume. The short answer is know. I look at a lot of resumes and most hiring authorities, if they are interested in your candidacy will do some digging and due diligence before, during, and often after the interview. Often this is where the skeletons are found in the closest.

Pre-interview investigation can will general consist of putting scrutiny on resume employment dates and comparing that information to most likely a LinkedIn profile if available.
During the interview things will just come up as the conversation twist and turn based on experience with certain projects it has frequently come up that employment with a company is mentioned that is not listed on the resume.

In the post interview stage something may come up with one of the references.

No matter how it is discovered when a potential employer discovers that there was not absolute transparency with employment on a resume it leave the hiring authority to guess at the reasons that the information went undisclosed on the resume. Some thoughts that a hiring authority may have are:

  • Why would he leave a particular job off the resume?
  • Did he get fired?
  • Did the candidate do something illegal or unethical?
  • What else might they have not disclosed?

Full transparency will help you maintain the trust of a potential employer, even if you are afraid that they may see it a s dig against your candidacy. But at least it puts you in the drivers seat to explain the circumstances. We will explore explaining job changes in the interview so stay tuned.

Taylor Maurer

Taylor Maurer

Taylor is a seasoned professional with a strong background in heavy civil construction and recruiting. He began their career in 2004 at Kimmel & Associates and rose through the ranks to Vice President. Taylor achieved numerous accolades, including a record-breaking retainer agreement, C-level placements, and consistent high billing performance. In 2017, he founded HCRC Inc., offering a range of consulting services beyond recruitment. Taylor is also an avid adventurer and family person, with a passion for long-distance backpacking, motorcycle riding, and outdoor activities.