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I quit without putting in two weeks because of extenuating family circumstances and verbal harassment from my former manager. I'm currently looking for a new job. Should I put my previous job on applications?
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, December 30, 2013
When responding to "why did you leave," you need to be honest but not over disclose. First, regarding the "extenuating family circumstances," be careful about what level of information you disclose. You don't need to provide detail about this personal issue - particularly if it is medical related. The response of not getting along with your former manager as a reason for leaving will raise red flags. A potential employer will be wondering how you manage conflict, challenges, etc. in the workplace. If the issues you were having with your manager were related to your family circumstances, it's a moot point. If you get into discussion about your manager relationship, be honest - and most importantly share what you learned and what you would have done differently.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 3, 2014
Yes, I would recommend putting this job on your resume.  Most companies will conduct some kind of verification of employment and it is easier to explain why you left a job versus having to explain why you did not disclose a portion of your employment history.  If asked why you left that position, be honest regarding the family circumstances, but you do not have to provide all of the details, particularly anything that may raise red flags regarding your potential long term commitment to the job for which you are interviewing.  You do not need to mention the verbal harassment unless you can use that situation as an example of how you turned a difficult situation into a positive one. 
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, January 3, 2014
Yes, I'd recommend including the job on your applications. People leave jobs for a variety of different reasons. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be honest about your departure when asked in a job interview. You may receive questions regarding how you will be able to balance your personal and work like balance to ensure to you will be committed to the employer. If an issue like this were to arise again, I'd strongly recommend reaching out to you HR generalist or business partner to see what resources/accommodations, if any, are available to you. Regarding the verbal harassment, it is up to you on whether you'd like to disclose it. If it is something of concern to you, turn it into a question: For example, what resources are available to employees in the case they experience harassment in the workplace? If given the opportunity to interview for a position, I'd focus more on the accomplishments of what you did in the role and/or the obstacles you overcame that will aid in your success for your next role. Best of luck!
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, January 17, 2014
I would definitely recommend putting your previous position on your application, you always want to be honest. Plus if they found out you worked there and you did not disclose it that alone could cost you the position and raise concern about your integrity. When asked why you left you should give a direct honest answer without talking negatively about your previous employer. I would let them know that you had to quit due to extenuating family circumstances however the situation has changed and it will not be an obstacle in your new role. Leave it at that. Good luck!
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