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Should I include my current (but potentially bad) job on resume?

I do not have a good relationship with management at my current job. so I'm looking for a new one. however, I do not want to include them on the employment section of my resume (for fear of reference-checking from hell!), but it is relevant to the new jobs I am applying for. I am afraid if I get an interview, I will be asked if I have a job right now or not. what should I do? leave them off or risk it?

employers are ONLY suppose to verify your employment dates. they are not suppose to talk bad about you to people calling. you also do not have to tell them your situation. you can just say there are things going on that i dont approve of and they should leave it at that or you can say you just dont have an oppurtunity to advance in the company. you should just get at least three references that you know will be good. they will ask for them if they want them.

It all depends on whether you feel you can hide that job off your resume and still look good to an employer. If that job is your longest and most relevant to what you want to do, then it'll be pretty hard to hide it and be successful in your job search.

Now having a bad relationship with current management isn't necessarily a negative. It all depends on the actual situation. For example, I worked at one place where our new boss was "nasty" to everyone and immediately started changing everyone's job. They took parts of my job away that i truly enjoyed and were just itching for me to quit. Bottom-line, a miserable work experience and one where I dreaded coming in each day.

I knew full-well that the new boss wouldn't give me a good recommendation, but I couldn't afford to hide it. However, I did explain the situation I was dealing with to prospective employers during interviews. How could anyone not relate and understand how miserable my situation was? That was why it wasn't a negative and didn't hurt me. My actual performance was good, and I had proof of it with recommendations for others I worked with who were "nice to me."

Point is, it all depends on why you've got that bad relationship. If it's because of personality clashes, that just goes with the territory, but if it's because of something like you don't do what's expected of you, then that's "bad!"

include it. that would be a plus on your resume.
if you don't include it, you would still be questioned why for a time you weren't able to find a job.

besides, your current company does not have the right to give information regarding conflicts happening with you right now. it could only confirm your employment and your position.

the best that you can do is to find another job and make sure you get your clearance from your current company so you won't be having troubles on your benefits and backpays when you're getting them.

I used to be a professional recruiter/headhunter and this happened to my candidates all the time.

Quite easy, you list your duties and skills on your resume, but instead of a company name, you put "Confidential Employer". If a HR person gets nosy, just tell them that you do not want your current employer listed, or upset, by your jobsearch. Most good HR people from good companies will understand.

It is quite common for a person to do this who is still working but currently looking. With the advent of internet recruiting, I can't tell you how many job seekers have posted their resume on Monster, then received a call from the boss asking them why they are looking. Needless to say, it is not good if you can't find a new job and are stuck at your old job.

And FYI, depending on the state, former employers CAN and DO give real references, not just verification of employment and titles. If it is verified in the employee's file, you can give a bad reference, or a good one.

Unfortunately, it ain't worth the risk IMO. If you don't tell your potential new employer, s/he will probably find out one way or another anyway and if they have employed you, you would probably be fired. But even if this doesn't you want to spend the rest of your new career worrying in case it's discovered?

Come clean straight away and prepare a case to explain your current problems. All the best.

If you are choosing to build up a functional resume then you could not include the work experience section altough higlighting your previous jobs might "tell" to the employe that you don't have anything to hide from him.More important if you feel like writting your work history will do a disadvantage for you skip it.

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