Should I put my last employer on my resume?

  1. I don't know what to do because I want to get a job as a CNA and I'm afraid I won't get the job because of an attendance issue at my last job and I need to put down that I worked in that job (homehealth) It was a snowy night and in my calendar I didn't have a time to go in to work that night. My supervisor kept called me and I didn't get the message until hours later because I was nowhere near my phone. When I got the message it was at the end of my shift and I didn't bother calling. I was so upset at the fact that the girl who scheduled me was so LOOPY when she was giving me the hours, that I must have put in the wrong date in my calendar. However she did print something off for me and I noticed the conflict but didn't confirm my hours. Here is a timeline of my work. So do I put that job down and just list my 3 great references at the bottom or what?

    CNA certificate 2003
    Worked as a CNA at Clinic 2004-2007 (great reference)
    Worked as a CNA in Home Health Summer 2008 and Winter 2009 (schedule conflict job)
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  3. by   caliotter3
    The problem is that you didn't bother calling and then they fired you. If you had called, even though it was after the shift, then you could explain the situation and might garner understanding. There are people who will tell you to leave it off and others who will insist that you should list it. If you are found out, you could get fired again for dishonesty. Did you work more than 90 days? If you didn't work 90 days, you could say you were still on probationary status and leave it off for that reason, as some will say. Either way, you have to decide how you want to take your chances with this. Good luck.
  4. by   SnowRain7489
    I wasn't fired from this job. I continued to work for them until the beginning of Jan. (because I went away to school) which was like 3 or so weeks after the incident occured. I did put my 2 weeks notice in. When I came back from school (end of May) I talked with my supervisor and she said that they are really slow and that if they needed help she would call me. She never called me. I have been putting applications in and I have not been hired anywhere. Oh and this one job that has been advertising everywhere that they need CNAs has not called me back and it's been like 2 weeks since I completed my paperwork. However I did not put down that I was working at that particular job on my application. I just don't know what to do.
  5. by   caliotter3
    There are companies who for a fee, (about $80), will contact a former employer and report back to you what went down as far as what was said about you. If you make this expenditure, or get another person to do it for you, you will find out if you are being blacklisted. Otherwise, you have to assume that the job market is slow, since you weren't fired and the lady offered to have you come back. Don't know what else to tell you, except don't get discouraged.
  6. by   DolceVita
    Quote from caliotter3
    There are companies who for a fee, (about $80), will contact a former employer and report back to you what went down as far as what was said about you. If you make this expenditure, or get another person to do it for you, you will find out if you are being blacklisted. Otherwise, you have to assume that the job market is slow, since you weren't fired and the lady offered to have you come back. Don't know what else to tell you, except don't get discouraged.
    I would love to know the name of a reputable company that would do that.
  7. by   KimberlyRN89
    I would put it down just to be on the safe side. I know on many applications they ask if you do not want them to contact certain employers & if so, just check the one you had difficulty with. It shouldn't be a problem Good luck to you
  8. by   ohiocleveland
    It doesn't sound like you had a problem with your employer, if you continued to work for them after the no call no show... You even stated that they will call you if needed, so it sounds to me like everything is ok! so why not put them down... Also, I know that in Ohio where i'm from every employers have to report dates that a STNA is employed in there facility to the NA registry, so an employer can find out where you worked from that. Also, background checks as well.. Keep in mind it is illegal for an employer to give a bad reference, most employers only give dates and position held when giving a reference anyways.
  9. by   8jimi8ICURN
    i believe the most that they can legally say is the dates you worked and if you are eligible for a rehire. You might also call your former employer and ask the manager straight up if she is going to give you a bad reference because of the no-call/no-show. It sounds to me like your former employer wasn't really that mad at you, or you would have gotten fired.
  10. by   DolceVita
    I don't want to pee on anyone's Cheerios, but it is a myth that an employer is only allowed to give dates of employment. Sorry, but if they believe "it" to be true they can say quite a bit. What they cannot do is say you stole etc. unless you were convicted of it.

    A big question employers ask is "is Ms XYZ eligible for reemployment at your company?"


    Good luck.
  11. by   KimberlyRN89
    Quote from DolceVita
    I don't want to pee on anyone's Cheerios, but it is a myth that an employer is only allowed to give dates of employment. Sorry, but if they believe "it" to be true they can say quite a bit. What they cannot do is say you stole etc. unless you were convicted of it.

    A big question employers ask is "is Ms XYZ eligible for reemployment at your company?"


    Good luck.
    I wouldn't say its a myth. I asked my brother(who's been doing HR for the federal gov. for 3yrs) and he told me when he checks past employers all he asks for is are they eligible for rehire & what dates they worked for the company.
  12. by   DolceVita
    Quote from miiszkim0711
    I wouldn't say its a myth. I asked my brother(who's been doing HR for the federal gov. for 3yrs) and he told me when he checks past employers all he asks for is are they eligible for rehire & what dates they worked for the company.
    You miss my point. That is what your brother asks, not what he is or is not legally allowed to say. There are companies, especially government agencies, who are not permitted by their agency/company to do more than confirm employment dates and rehire eligibility -- that is not the same as what is permitted under the law.

    I'll see if I can find a source.
  13. by   DolceVita
  14. by   SnowRain7489
    Ohiocleveland. I looked on the state's registry and I don't have any employers on it. I am still on the registry though. I'm thinking of calling the State's registry and asking them if there are any employees that have their name listed under my employment, because I don't see any. I also don't remember when they implemented this task of putting employers on the CNA's registry history.

    Dolcevita. That webpage wasn't found

    Ya'll I'm thinking that I shouldn't put it down only because the time I spoke with my employer she asked me a couple of questions like, "Did you contact anyone and told them you were not going to be able to make your shift?" things like that. She also said, "I know that you are not like that." She was referring to me being missing a shift. Something else that I will do is to contact the most recent employer that I applied to, the one that I was so sure was going to hire me because they were hiring and they were in desparate need for CNAs.

    Any more advice?

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