Why should you have all your jobs on your CV? 4

A candidate asked me why I thought it would be a good idea to have all of his jobs on his CV???  And I answered with the following 5 reasons:

  • You never know what a Recruiter is looking for. You may not have been successful for the current job, but now that they have seen all your experience, you may just match the next job that comes in.


  • Some recruiters will need all of this information to complete their recruitment process, and with the stress of an interview you may not remember all the exact details. (This uncertainty generally does not inspire confidence in your job application)


  • So that your dates of employment add up! Recruiters are trained to look for gaps in employment (when I was trained on how to interview I was told to wonder if you were in jail during that period?)


  • Recruiters have a vetting check that tells them where you have worked. If it comes up with different jobs, a recruiter will question what went wrong at that company, that made you decided to leave them off your CV. (HHHMMM were you fired?)


  • If you don’t recognize the experience then why should they? I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times I have regretted candidates, because they don’t have the required experience and then they say “Oh! Actually I do have that experience but it is not on my CV!” (Seriously are you telling me the truth do you really have that experience?)


Yes I know this sounds extremely cynical; but you have to remember that so many candidates lie on their CV’s and in the interview process, so that the Recruiters are always looking out for that little white lie in your job application.

And yes; your reasons for not putting them on may be valid, but beware if it comes out at a later stage, it will put doubt on you application.

These additional jobs don’t have to take up your whole CV, but put in a one liner to say you worked there and expand and highlight on the jobs that you want to sell to the Recruiter.

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4 thoughts on “Why should you have all your jobs on your CV?

  • Denise Mc Creadie Post author


    Thanks for the compliment!

    Once again it goes down to the company policy and sensitivity of the job. There are some jobs that you have to be credit clear i.e. Banks won’t employ Tellers who have been handed over to ITC, it is a across the board and the employees have to keep their ITC record clean. I have even spoken to Candidates who have had to resign to get their pension paid out, so that they can clear their debt and apply for their banking job again.

    However with the economic meltdown and so many employees being retrenched I have found that more and more employers are relaxing on this as a minimum requirement and that they will look at the whole situation. i.e. a single mother who was retrenched and who can show that she has tried to pay off her debit (by making payment plans and getting it in writing that she will pay when she gets a job) and who is not applying for a high risk jobs, is generally forgiven for being handed over to ITC.

    But on the other side of the coin I have seen a candidate who was 24 years old, owed over R1.2 million to a number of different organisations and service providers (R5k here and R10K there a car etc.) and he had no intention of ever sorting it out as was just avoiding their calls and letters of demand.  The lenient employer felt that the Candidate was playing the system and was not taking accountability for his actions.  So he did not get the job!

    With all of this in mind I would advise that the candidates make payment plans with the companies who have handed them over. They must be honest with the Recruiter and find out if this ITC record will be a problem for the employer and if they have a company policy around ITC records.  The Candidates also need to have valid a reason why they were  handed over to prove that they were just not abusing the system, and what they would do differently if put in that situation again. (i.e. how did they grow from this mistake?)

    They will get companies that will say no to them, but once again you will be surprised how many Recruiters and organisations will accept the mistake that they the Candidate is trying to fix.

  • Bronwyn Newman

    Wonderful article. I have a quick question Denise. A question i am often asked is how do people get passed the ITC credit checks? Many people feel they cannot get employed because of there credit status. Do you have any positive feedback for our job seekers out there.

  • Denise Mc Creadie Post author

    Funny you say that. I did a vetting check exercise for a large retailer and we did criminal checks on +- 800 of his employees. There were not a lot of criminal records found, however the interesting part was that of all the employees who did come back with a negative criminal record, they happened to be this employer’s best and most productive employees.  Upon speaking to one of these employees it came out that he knew that his job opportunities were limited, because of the criminal record, so he did whatever it took to keep his job and feed his family!

    Granted there are some jobs that will never accept a criminal record as it boils down to things like company policy (no criminal records across the board or they will look what it was for and then decide) and sensitivity of the job.  I.E.  A candidate who has been convicted of Fraud is not going to be employed as a Financial Manager.

    But I am a big believer in people deserving a second chance as long as they have learnt their lesson and not going to do it again.  We are all human after all!

    But next question a Recruiter has is; how do you know that they have learnt their lesson and won’t put the company at risk? Sadly with any new hire there is an element of risk and unfortunately this element gets bigger with a criminal record. So some Recruiters just won’t go there.

    My advice to a Candidate would be that with the new AFIS system Recruiters are going to find out if you have a record. So it is better to be upfront and divulge what it was for (especially if you know that they are going to check you). Then you need to clearly demonstrate how you have learnt your lesson and how this will never happen again or let affect your job in any way. I am not saying all Recruiters will accept this but you will be pleasantly surprised how many of them will accept your faults because you were honest with them.  Honesty being the key here!

  • sylvia hammond

    Denise, we must have been trained by the same people – I clearly remember the instruction about look for missing dates – and the inference that the person might have been in prison.  Of course that was the old days when I was trained, and I always thought that if they had been in prison, inquiring why was good practice.  And I have previously employed people who had been in prison – the background and circumstances are always relevant.