I’ve targeted a company I really want to work for, so I’m applying for multiple jobs. Is that okay? Do I have to use the same resume or should I change it each time?

QUESTION: I don’t feel comfortable about all of the jobs I have done in the past two of my employers were, shall we say nicely, controversial—as were the jobs I had there. What do I put on my resume?

Angela Watts, MyPro Resumes

You get to choose what you do and do not include in your resume… an employment application is another matter. In most instances, it’s advantageous to be ahead of the issues. Tell the story in your words and share what you learned from the experience. You also need to consider, if you omit information, that you may be “found out” down the line. What might this cost you? Is it worth it?

Cheryl Minnick, University of Montana

There are 2 choices depending on comfort level, omit or include controversial jobs on a resume. If choosing to include them, a professional resume writer can help massage details truthfully and prepare you for interviews. Herbalist, AB Greenhouse (pot grower); Hospitality, DE Bar & Lounge (exotic dancer); Reproduction Team, Hatch Agency (surrogate); Toxicology Researcher, GH Lab (animal tester).

Cathy Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers

Be truthful on your resume, but that does not mean you have to include every job you’ve ever had if they do not relate to your current career goal. If the skills or experience gained in these past jobs add value to your candidacy for the next one, place the focus on that. You can also use a well-crafted cover letter to address what concerns an employer may have about your previous jobs.

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