Ask Vicki: Is it okay to apply to jobs without listing my new job on my resume?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you why honesty (plus a good explanation) is the best policy when job searching so soon after starting a new position.
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Q. I recently started a new job. Is it okay to apply to other jobs without listing my new job on my resume?
A. It’s okay to apply to other jobs after you recently started a new job, but you should definitely add your current job to your resume and also have a solid reason as to why you’re looking to leave so quickly. Maybe the culture is a bad fit, or the job isn’t what was presented to you during the interview process, et cetera.
Rule of thumb: Always be transparent on your resume. If you’re not, the truth is going to show up on your background check anyway, and a prospective employer will wonder why you weren’t honest. Plus if you weren’t truthful about that, a prospective employer will figure you’re not honest about other things too—and nobody wants to hire a dishonest candidate.
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