Re: Employment history low points?

Subject: Re: Employment history low points?
From: "Diane Evans" <diane_evans -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 08:05:30 -0800

Richard Goldberger asks: Do you include in your CV positions from which you were fired?

I never include the reason why a job ended. I have worked as a contractor for years, so it is easy to just say that a contract ended.

I've been "fired" once in my life, but I was young and naive and fresh out of college. I couldn't understand why the particular non-profit agency hired me (I really wasn't qualified for the job), and two months later found out I was just a pawn in the manager's scheme to get a grant from another non-profit group that had just been ordered to admit women to their ranks. ("See? We have a woman manager, so you need to give us this grant.").

It was such a distasteful experience that, 20 years later, the job is not even hinted at on my resume. The only good thing that happened in that two months is that I wrote a grant to another agency which resulted in a homeless family getting a new home at no cost to them!

Diane Evans
Technical Writer

Washington State Coordinator, Tombstone Project
Oregon State Coordinator, Tombstone Project

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