Job Omitted from Resume Will Likely Show Up in Background Check


CAREERSKELETONOmar writes:

My quandary is that I left a food-packaging company under less than ideal terms (but I was not fired) due to personality issues.

I made the mistake of listing these problems in a letter to the HR department there hoping I could collect unemployment insurance (which I was unsuccessful in doing).

My question is do you think I should leave the food-packaging company off my resume as it may create issues when getting to the background check part of the process?


The Career Doctor responds:
Whether or not you leave the questionable job off your resume it will come up in a background check. You are better off leaving it on because when it does come up in the background check it will look like you were hiding something if you leave if off. For more on background checks read
Employment Background Checks: Minimize Skeletons that Employers Might Find.