List Short-Duration Job on Resume?


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Aldon writes: I read your website with great interest and was thinking you could help me in my situation. I’ve resigned my job of 2.5 years looking for a better opportunities and prospects. I found a new job about 2 months ago. However, I feel that the way the management manages the company is very unprofessional, and I was never paid for my very first month. (Basically, this company has cash-flow problem, so I can forget about my bonus!) I have decided to resign during my probation period. I need to look for a new job, however, I don’t know how I should indicate this job of 2 months on my resume. (I like this job scope but I do not see my long term growth and prospects in this company.) If I do include the job, how should I do it such a way that I do not reduce my chances of securing an interview? And, during interview, how should I explain to prospective employer of my plight?
The Career Doctor responds: Remember when developing your resume that the resume is not a depositary of all your experiences and accomplishments — just the ones that will help you attain your next position. Note: I am not advocating adding material that is not true to your resume, but rather editing it to contain only the most important and relevant information to the position you seek. That said, in most cases, I would be tempted to not include the most recent job. Your time there is too short and it sounds like you only have negative things to say about the company — and you never want to say those things when you are trying to explain why you only stayed with the company for 2 months. In today’s job market, many people go much longer than 2 months between jobs, so keep it off your resume. If you do decide not to include it, you may need a story about what you have been doing since you resigned your previous job. Your situation is also a good lesson for other job-seekers to understand: when job-hunting you must learn as much as you can about the companies where you interview — including the corporate culture, management style, financial stability, and growth prospects. It’s also important that the company you work for respects your values. For help identifying some of these values, go to this Quintessential Careers assessment: Workplace Values Assessment: Do You Know the Work Values You Most Want in a Job and an Employer — and Does Your Current Employment Reflect Those Values?