Your resume is the place to sell your accomplishments and contributions. You want each item on your resume to showcase your skills and experience and present you as an excellent candidate. Are there any items that should be left off your resume? Let’s ask our hiring experts!
What if I was fired?
Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, shares, “You want to be honest about your employment history so you should list the job, even if you were fired. However, you shouldn’t put on your resume that you were terminated, instead, just put the date you started and the date you left.” More from Nicole
Samantha, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, offers, “Honesty is critical in any job search process. So yes, you should list all relevant employment on your resume, even a position from which you were terminated. That said, you do not have to say that you were terminated; simply list your start and end dates of employment. If and when the question arises in an interview, you can explain the situation, highlighting what you learned from the experience and how you’ve grown professionally since then.” More from Samantha
Is it okay to omit some of my college jobs from my resume?
Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., answers, “Maybe. If you have had many jobs, then eliminate the ones that aren’t relevant to your current job search. However, if you have only had two jobs, list both. An employer needs to see proof that you are motivated and interested in entering the working world in a responsible manner, and sometimes this is represented by the fact you held down three or four jobs.” More from Susan
Laura, Hiring Expert at Accenture, shares, “You would be surprised by how much information an employer can gain from campus jobs that you have held. For example, at Accenture, we have a technology group that has an interest in students that have done work within computer labs during their undergraduate careers. We actively look for this on resumes. Many students leave campus jobs off of their resume because they don’t feel that they are important, but what some students fail to realize is that the fact that you are able to juggle academic, extracurricular clubs/organizations, as well as work experience, is important to a future employer.” More from Laura
Should I put a new role or project on my resume?
Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, says, “I do encourage you to include the new job or project on your resume, even if you don't have a long list of accomplishments or results yet. I suggest listing the role and, underneath it, list the key objectives of the role along with the expected results for each. More from Jonathan
“Here's an example:
- Leading Veteran Outreach strategy that will result in a broader awareness of Avery Dennison opportunities and an overall stronger pipeline of talent.
“Note that although I don't list any results - it still conveys what I'm working on and why.”
Even if your previous jobs were outside of your industry, they were still valuable opportunities to build transferable skills. Don’t discount the importance of your experience! Use our free Resume Builder to start showcasing your strengths with a strong resume that sets you apart.