Hi Lifehacker, I plan on submitting my resume for a couple of new jobs soon. One thing I feel that I should put in it (but which I also feel ashamed of) is that I withdrew from university earlier in my life; even though I didn’t complete any courses within the degree or learned much from it. In fact, I left after the first week.
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So my question is simple. Is it wise to put on my resume that I withdrew from university, especially when I left so soon after starting my degree? I’m now forming the impression that it may be best to leave it out. Thanks, Former Student
Generally speaking I’d advocate for honesty being the best policy when it comes to resumes, because you can never entirely tell what level a prospective employer will dig into your history when deciding upon a hire.
As has been discussed before when it comes to breaks in employment, there can be upsides to being totally open.
That being said, a resume is still an advertisement for your services, and it feels little odd to me to mention a single week of your life as part of an attempt to secure ongoing employment, unless by “earlier in my life” you mean “three weeks ago”, which doesn’t seem to be what you’re suggesting. In this case I think I’d agree to omit it but be ready to discuss it if it’s brought up in an interview.
But I’m also going to throw this over to the readership. What do you think? Should FS put details of a one-week Uni sojourn in a resume, or leave it out altogether?
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