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Reader Asks: Should I List My Current Job?

This reader wants to know if she should list her current job since she hasn't been there long. For more career questions, check out the Ask Savvy community group.

I was working as a legal assistant for five years, but due to lack of raises and a cut of hours I was forced to look for employment. I have bills and rent to pay.

The new job is a paralegal position, which I minored in college. I hate my new job. The people are rude. The hours are terrible and my boss yells at me and everyone else for everything. It's unlike anything I expected and I have responsibilities that aren't even considered in my job description!


My friend works for the state and has told me about a position that has opened up for a legal secretary; the pay is actually MORE than my paralegal job now and it's 10 minutes away from my house. My friend is a head supervisor and said she is going to try her best to get me in. Since the job was not posted on any public sites, I feel like I have a good chance of getting an interview.

Problem is, should I list my old job? Should I not? I don't want them to think I'm jumping from job to job. Help!

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apdinternetmarketing apdinternetmarketing 5 years
Perosnally I would list as companies often employ consultants to check backgrounds. Everyone is allowed one mistake and I would always be above board when it comes to applying for a job! If you want help I have a website all about finding a job and careers in general. It's a free resource and can be found at I hope you find it useful. Derek
bisou002 bisou002 5 years
I worked at a very well-known company for 4 months. It was the worst job I've ever had and I used to have such anxiety every morning, just knowing I had to go in there. I left abruptly (I'd taken a week off for vacation, then the Friday before I'd be returning, I emailed my bosses and HR and said I wouldn't be coming back), in an unprofessional manner. I do not include this job on my resume. It says nothing positive about me!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 5 years
I think it depends on how long you were there. If it was only a few weeks to a couple months then I would leave it off. But, if you were there for several months/years I would put it on. The new company might end up questioning what you were doing during that time frame if nothing is listed.
Pazuzu Pazuzu 5 years
It depends on how long you worked there. I had a job for three weeks, it was so horrible. When looking for a new a job I never listed it and no one ever cared. You could list it and say you don't want them to contact your old job but leaving it out shouldn't be a problem
henna-red henna-red 5 years
If you don't want them taoking to your old job, don't list it. If they ask about it. They are going to want to know what you're doing now, though, and you can just tell them that you're unhappy and the money isn't great. New employers don't usually like you to bad mouth current or just past employers, sets up a bad vibe. best of luck with the job, hope it comes thru for you!
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