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Is it ever all right to leave education/experience off a resume, and if so, how would I explain the gaps?

by Carol
(New York)

I have been a chiropractor in private practice for the past eight years. In 2007, I relocated and opened a practice in a new area. Business is very slow and I have been struggling (do not have the money to continue trying to build with so little income).

I am considering leaving the field and looking for other work, just to be working regularly again. However, because I have a doctorate, I think I am considered overqualified for many positions. Can I leave off my training and experience in chiropractic, and if so, how do I explain the past twelve years?

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Jul 16, 2009
I Advise Honesty
by: Kathi

Carol, I think you are traversing a slippery slope when you start omitting the facts on your resume work history. You can't leave out 12 years of your history without raising questions that you won't be able to answer credibly.

I strongly advise you to be completely honest and let the chips fall where they may. You should always include any education and recent work history, because it may benefit you in some way you're not yet anticipating.

One thing to look at is transferable skills. Are there skills gained in running your own practice or caring for patients that will translate well to a different workplace? Be proud of what you have accomplished, even if it's not working out as planned. Don't hide your light under a bushel!

The right job is sure to come along eventually...

To your success,

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