Answered by Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, February 22, 2013
The general rule of thumb is to only include information on your resume that can be backed up with examples of work experience and successes and also verified in a reference/background check.
However, I’m sensing your real question may be deeper than that and there is something specific you may be trying to accomplish? There are situations when some people have major gaps on their resume, stints of job hopping (maybe while in HS or college or working contract), questionable jobs or jobs that are no longer verifiable because the employer has gone out of business that need to be cared for. Some acceptable examples I’ve seen that care for things like that include:
o A functional resume that calls out your skills in bullets as the meat of the resume, with a small section at the bottom that bullets your relevant job history.
o Grouping jobs together that are all in the same industry or same type of job. Example:
Wait Staff/Server for Various Companies (can add more description such as, “while working through school”)
“hostess, server or wait staff” in the entertainment industry as opposed to “exotic dancer.”
Again, be smart about listing information that is verifiable and that you can speak to if asked and don’t ever lie on your resume or application. At some point, the truth comes out and while the truth may not have been bad enough to not get you hired in the first place, lying will certainly cost you the job if/when it’s discovered.