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Should I list a job that only lasted 3 months?

by G.A.
(Dallas, Texas)

I accepted a job offer and after 3 months of employment decided a.)it wasn't a good fit for me and b.)I was going to stay home with my children for a while.

I am now ready to go back to work but haven't had any luck in getting responses to my resume. I am wondering if I should leave off the last job I had since it didn't last a substantial amount of time.

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Sep 23, 2009
It Depends
by: Kathi

G.A., I think the correct answer to this dilemma will depend on how much value that last job might bring to your current job search. Even though it wasn't a good fit, did you gain any valuable skills or experience during that time that might help you get a future job?

On the other hand, leaving a job after such a short time could be a red flag. Explaining the circumstances honestly would help probably, but it would be hard to be sure.

So I'd weigh benefits against the negative effects, and make your decision from there...


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