So how does an honest job seeker handle short stints on his resume? Is it OK to leave them out, or does disclosure compel him to list them all and risk looking like a job-hopper?
In an article titled "How to Handle Short-Term Jobs in Your Resume Work History," Lisa Vaas quotes certified resume writer Steve Burdan, who offers four rules of thumb:
- If a given job lasted less than six months, you can leave it off of your resume.
- If a given job fits into your recent past, i.e. the past year or two, and it lasted six to 12 months, you must put the job description into your Work History section.
- For jobs that lasted six to 12 months and are buried in your past work chronology, leave them off.
- If a job last at least 12 months, you should put it on your resume.
And of course, if you accomplished great things during a short engagement and can quantify the ROI, even a brief tenure may be worth listing.