Should I even mention former job?
February 19, 2014 3:31 PM   Subscribe

I just got unceremoniously canned from my part time (12 hour) job, which I started beginning of January, for a no call no show. I didn't MEAN to no call, no show. My full-time job gave us the Federal holiday off, and my brain made Monday into Sunday. I know, super lame. I could get into the legal and other issues that are taking quite a bit of my mental energy, but what's the point. Just know I've been somewhat distracted, to say the least.

I got a 95 on my first review and 100s on the next two. "Calls will be monitored and recorded" (it was a phone research job). Being canned didn't seem personal; they just had to show me who's boss I suppose. (They have lots of high school kids working there and order must be maintained, right? Tons of tiny rules). I have mixed feelings: It was easy and fun, but they really did treat everyone like they were five years old.

So: one of my co-workers mentioned the other research company she works for (!) and suggests I apply there. It's so much nicer, she tells me. I am going to go apply.

Do I even mention this job? After all, my reviews were great (smile).
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I would not mention the previous job.
posted by agatha_magatha at 3:36 PM on February 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

Don't mention it, there's no gap in your employment history that you need to explain...
posted by HuronBob at 3:38 PM on February 19, 2014

Obviously there's no need to mention it. It's not a net positive on your work history to have great reviews at a job you were fired from after a month.
posted by grouse at 4:09 PM on February 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

No need to mention it because great reviews will likely not balance out being fired for unreliability, which is basically what "no-call no-show" is, particularly for such a short duration.
posted by sm1tten at 4:59 PM on February 19, 2014

Do not mention it. There's no need to put every job you've ever worked on a résumé, not even the most recent when it was for such a short time.
posted by limeonaire at 5:44 PM on February 19, 2014

I kind of suspected as much, and appreciate the confirmation. Thanks to all.
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 7:07 PM on February 19, 2014

Just be mindful that if the co-worker who brought the potential new job to your attention pipes up to them that she knew you from your previous gig, it could make for some awkward moments with the hiring manager if you are hiding that fact from them.

Whatever you do, don't lie under direct questioning. "How did you hear of us?" might be a question you want to prepare for...
posted by nacho fries at 9:29 PM on February 19, 2014

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