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 with no notice. This is an employment at will state. I'm not worried about the gap in employment because it was during nursing school so I wasn't working other than that short job. Now it's time to start my job search
and I'm a little freaked out.
Do I put it in there and risk potential employers hearing negative things about me? Or do I leave it off and risk being accused of lying?
I'm not talking about the resume' - I know I can leave it off that by considering it 'irrelevant'. I'm talking about the employer's application, which they will make me fill out before they hire me - a resume' is not going to cut it for more than securing an interview.
If I do put it on the application, then what? Do I call attention to it and say 'please don't contact these people'? Do I explain that it was a summer internship and hope they don't call for a reference? All the apps I've seen around here ask for not only the employer but also the supervisor. I *really* don't want them contacting the supervisor. If I felt sure that all they'd do was confirm dates of employment, that's one thing - but I'm not so sure about that.
I got burned at that job. I also learned a few lessons about watching my back. Can I just chalk it all up as a learning experience? Boy... I'd sure rather just pretend it never happened.
Advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Nov 13, '04
Good question. I've been grappling with that one myself. Is there a chance that anyone who worked with you at that place will be at one of the new places you apply?
If you don't put it down , get hired then it turns out someone from the past comes back to haunt you. You could get fired for the ommision. If you get fired for omiting a past job then what? You'll be in the same position again, "Nip it in the bud" as Barney says.To be on the safe side, I would put it on the app. That way if they hire you and someone from your last job is there, you have been up front with the employer and won't be waiting for the axe to fall if you're ratted on. Mean people love to dish dirt on others. You can try to do damage control by telling them you left without notice ,you can say that you were being abused and left or that you had to leave the job because at that time ,school was the main priority. I'm guessing that like LPN school, fail a class and you're out of the program and schools don't care how close graduation is. Explain also that it is not your standard operating procedure. Although legally former employers can only give dates of employement and whether or not you're eligible for rehire.You never know what really goes on.
The only thing that can come from being honest is that you won't get that job. Eventually someone would hire you because just as there are a lot of mean,nasty people out there, there are also a lot of decent ones who have been in that same boat before.
You don't want a "liar" rep.
good luck and let us know how it goes.
Last edit by virmm1 on Nov 13, '04