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Is It Wrong to Omit a Job From My Resume?

Ask Savvy: It It Wrong to Omit a Job From My Resume?

Dear Savvy,

I am starting a job search and wondering how to handle something on my resume. This Winter, I took a second job working part-time at a major retailer. My father had a stroke when I was at my regular (full-time) job, so of course I rushed to his side! Unfortunately, in all the rush, I forgot to call in to my second job! They fired me, obviously.

I wasn't planning to include that job on my resume because it has nothing to do with the jobs I am applying to, and I didn't have a gap in employment. But a friend of mine told me that employers may find out about this job in other ways, and I'll look like I'm trying to cover it up! I still think I should leave it off. What is your opinion?

Savvy says: I respectfully disagree with your friend. To see why,


There's no reason to include a part-time job that is unrelated to your job search. It may raise suspicious questions if you failed to include your last full-time job, but in this situation you're not hiding something major.

Employers want to receive resumes that are tailored to the position for which you're applying, so leaving off a part-time stint that you simply had for the extra cash won't do you any harm. In fact, it might leave you with a better shot at getting that interview, because the applicable experience on your resume isn't cluttered by the irrelevant description of your part-time job. Proceed with a clear conscience, and good luck with your job search!


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ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Meechie, I would HATE to work for a company that is so anal! geez!
meechie meechie 8 years
My current employer almost let a co-worker go for job omission. He worked at macy's for a couple of weeks and omitted it. He had to have a discussion with HR when they discovered it. And his work at Macy's wasn't job related. So it depends on the Co. do your homework.
Teabiscuit Teabiscuit 8 years
Actually, please correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think you are ever obligated to put every job on your resume. Even full time ones. Even if it leaves a gap on your resume. Resumes are marketing tools. Often when you go to intervirew they have you fill out an employment history (form to list all past jobs). But that is different. I think you can pick the highlights for your resume and then if they have questions about gaps, they can ask you provided they are interested enough in you with the positions you've included. Honestly in this job market, with so many layoffs and job hopping, it's hard to keep a resume to one page without paring down some positions, especially part time ones.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I agree with Savvy. A lot of people take on part-time jobs that are outside of their field of expertise. I actually struggled with this question recently on my government background check, but I decided not to add the a few of the moonlighting jobs that I held. They were such a small blip on my job history that even I couldn't remember all of the details!
MindayH MindayH 8 years
You shouldn't put it on your resume if it is part-time and not relevant. It is obviously deceptive if you put "career history" instead of "professional experience" since you are leaving something off of your HISTORY, but otherwise, leave it off. if you think you should include it, put it somewhere at the end.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
yeah i think the question addressed how there was not a gap in employment
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I have to disagree a little. While I think Savvy's advice is good, you would need to list a part-time job if it leaves a gap in your job history (even if the job is irrelevant to the position applied for). Since this person was working two jobs at the same time, I don't see any harm in it either. If I see gaps in resumes, I'm going to ask questions. If someone tells me, "Oh, well, I didn't list that I worked here part-time for x number of years..." then I start to wonder what else was left off the resume.
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