We are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Resume sites say to narrow down the jobs for the job you want all the time. If I put down every single job I had, my resume would be six pages long. I have worked for law firms, for claims management companies, as a receptionist, as a reporter, as an editor, as an airport security team member, for a BBQ joint, as a photo technician, as a cashier, as a social media specialist and even as a freelance photographer. Now I toggle between business news and being a dog walker/dog sitter. The hiring manager (nor automated systems) couldn’t care less about those jobs if he’s hiring me to be a news reporter. I would absolutely get rid of all of those other jobs for a Corporate America job, and only point out the social media networking and newspaper/magazine work.

There are countless reasons to not mention a company you once worked for. One example that I have zip zero problems giving was a clothing company that claimed to “recycle/reuse” clothing. I thought they were donating to lower income communities and helping high schoolers get prom dresses they need, etc. Instead, they were only taking in almost new clothing and selling it for profit to overseas clients. But the bins they put all around time certainly made it seem like they were doing a world of good. When I was first hired, they wanted me to write so much good content about the company that a Chicago Tribune post that is number two on Google would get pushed further down. I just could never see eye-to-eye with the company and pretty much got myself fired. I will never defend a company trying to sell clothes to people who don’t know these clothes were donated. Or, at least be honest about how the money is used. The Salvation Army and Goodwill do a great job of being honest about what they do with donation sales, but some of these questionable clothing bin companies are ones you should really look into if you “donate” your clothes to them.

That would be a company that you wouldn’t pay me to put on my resume. It’s not just all sneaky firing and shady employees. There are a myriad of other reasons that people edit their resumes. Or, maybe they realized that particular company or that particular job were not in alignment with their goals and views. When I wanted to work in Corporate America, I curtailed my resume to fit the job. Now if they required a job application instead of a resume, I would be honest and mention past jobs. But the kind of jobs I’ve had don’t really ask for the kind of application you’d need to work at Kohl’s or something.

P.S. The only time this works against someone’s advantage is if the hiring manager is looking for someone in another profession too. For example, I had a job interview for a part-time office assistant job, but I made it very clear that I could not work certain hours because I have a dog that I walk every single day. The hiring manager listened to me talk about this dog, and he ended up hiring me to be his dog sitter/walker instead of the job I was going for. I would have never ever brought that up on my resume. The only reason I mentioned it was because there were certain hours that I simply could not work. And I ended up getting hired for a totally different — and boy, did I love it — other job.

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