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Should I put my current job on my resume if I've only been in the new job a few weeks or months?

Updated on January 24, 2013

When you've been in a job a short period of time

I have only been at my current job for two weeks. The position I'm
interviewing for is a much better position for me. It pays better and
is walking distance from my apartment.

I applied for the job I'm interviewing for a few months ago, before I
got my current job. They have asked me to submit an up to date
resume. Do you think I should include my current position on the
resume? Also, do you think I should bring up my current position
during the interview?

If I don't get the position I am interviewing for, I plan on
continuing to apply for a variety of jobs. In this case do you think
I should include my current position on my resume, after only being
there a few weeks?

Put jobs held for a short period of time on your resume

Here is my answer...

Good question. There are a few different takes, but I think things are different now days. Previously if you took a job and bailed weeks or even less than a year later it would send red flags.

Now, it could still send red flags for an employer to see a history of jobs held for a short period of time, but my recommendation is to put it on your resume - be happy you found work, and position it to make it seem like the next job is for the long term during the interview. If you've been in your current position for a short time, be prepared to answer this question.

"I see you have only been with XYZ corp for three months, why are you thinking of leaving?

Example Answers - It's one of the most difficult environments for a recent college graduate to find a job, so I feel fortunate to have found a job. I knew it wasn't ideal because it doesn't line up with my career objectives of doing (fill in blank- and make it line up with the position you're applying to get), but my plan is to keep looking for a better position that is a good long term fit.

Example Two - There are few times when an opportunity comes up that is ideal, I felt like I had to go for it. I've been looking for an opportunity that offered (fill in). This position appears to have these qualities. I take my job seriously and have been an excellent employee. If I were employed for this job, I think you'll be impressed with my commitment. In the past, these jobs/activities (fill in) demonstrate my ability to commit and see things through.

Why You Should Put Positions Held for a Short Time

Employers are looking for employees they can trust and employees with integrity. Past positions are likely to be uncovered and can be grounds for termination by excluding or falsifying a resume for violating a companies code of conduct policy.

List all jobs on your resume, but learn to anticipate the questions an interviewer will ask and be prepared to answer questions about short stints of employment with thoughtful answers.

For example, I thought you might ask me about the short time I spent at that role. I'm glad you asked....

But don't make it look like you're a problem employee. One good tip is to see if the former employer will give you a good reference. So, to continue the example.

I have a reference from the previous company that would be happy to talk about my performance there.

This type of answer gives the interviewer confidence that you are a straight shooter and not trying to hide something. It will go a long way with dealing with these type of question during an interview.


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