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?
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).
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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