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"Should I Put a Short-Term Job on My Resume?"

The scenario: You worked a job for a very short time (1 to 2 months) and want to know if that job belongs on your resume or not. Pongo's Customer Support Team hears this question a lot.

Pongo Support FAQThe simple answer applies to any job you've ever had, whether it lasted 5 years or 2 months: If you made a valuable contribution in that job, and if what you did is relevant to the job you're now applying for, then you should put it on your resume. If not, it's OK to leave it off.

I'll break it down a little more.

If you were at a job for a month and barely settled into it, nothing about that experience will add value to your resume.

With that in mind, you might wonder if leaving a gap in employment dates would cause a problem. Typically, a gap of 6 or more months would be more likely to raise eyebrows than a gap of 1 or 2 months. A brief gap shouldn't prevent you from getting an interview. But, if the employer asks in the interview what you were doing during that time, be sure to explain truthfully.

Bottom line: If that short-term job adds zero value to your accomplishments and work experience, and leaving a gap is the only thing that's keeping you from taking the job off your resume, then take it off.

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