Omit job from apps? - page 2

Is it ethical to omit a job from applications, or would that be dishonest / falsification? I had a short (3-4 month) job as a student at a local facility. It went poorly and I ended up quitting... Read More

  1. by   webblarsk
    How are your other work experiences? If your other work experiences are good I wouldn't worry about it. I am sure they will call more than one place to check for references.
  2. by   NurseWeasel
    My other work experiences are great. I've got apps in at 4 places right now, so I'm really hoping that one little blip on the radar of job experience won't eliminate me from the competition. I'm doing the waiting game right now. Wish me luck!
  3. by   Jami RN
    I feel the need to correct the misconception that it is against the law for employers to provide negative reference information. Actually, many companies have internal policies that prevent them from giving any information other than dates of employment, but this is due to the potential for lawsuits. There is no law that states employers may not give out information about former employees. As a nurse recruiter, I do a lot of referencing, and at least half of the employers I contact do give a great deal of information, both negative and positive.

    I would recommend honesty at all times on job applications. If you have only had one negative work experience, be honest about the situation that caused you to leave. I know when I'm reviewing applications, I do realize that there are some pretty bad employers out there, and people do sometimes make mistakes or have an occasional lapse in good judgement. When I get concerned is when I see a pattern of terminations, multiple derogatory remarks about past employers, or a history of blaming supervisors or co-workers for problems at every job.

    When we hire new grads, we place the most importance on the references we receive from clinical instructors. I find that we get the most accurate (both positive and negative) information from clinical instructors. If you've had a bad experience with one instructor, don't list them as a reference! Put down an instructor that will speak favorably of you!

    I hope this helps!