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2010-09-21 15-44-24

Updating resume: include ex's company? A few years ago I worked for my ex's company. I learned a lot and this is a field I'm still interested in persuing. How should I reflect this on my resume? We are not on good terms terms at all (Havent spoken in 3 years) and I would get an awful review even though I was very successful and instrumental in building his business. Is it appropiate to notate *experienced, do not contact? I don't want to send up any red flags. And, I also don't want to lose my credibilty and want to avoid saying "this was my ex's company" Thanks for responding.
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2010-10-01 7-23-32-

I think................ put it on your resume, but in interviews, mention that you didn't part on good terms, so they won't contact that company. It would really, really help you if you had letters of recommendation from someone -- a different manager, maybe -- even clients -- who could vouch for you.
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  • Parminder

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    2010-10-02 14-48-44

    I sort of doubt he even has his company still going. He never had a website or anything set up - he had an EIN number but it was really more of a word of mouth company. I guess I can give some personal references that are also in teh business, just never worked with us. I know they would vouch for me.
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    2010-10-03 18-34-37

    Call and find out. Or have someone for you to see if the company is still in operation. If you can't google and at least get a phone number, chances are your interviewer would be satisfied with the fact that the company is "now defunct," with no further explanation.
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  • lela

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    2010-10-08 8-44-42-

    I just tried the name and phone and nothing came up. Thanks for the advice!
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    2010-10-08 10-27-55

    updating resume You never say anything negative about a previous employer. Think of it in terms of the interviewer he represents the prospective employer. You never tell an interviewer that you parted on bad terms. Employers want to fill a position with someone they feel certain will not jeopardize the company in any respect. What you will be telling this interviewer is that you can't handle problems and you can't resolve issues.
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    2010-10-09 15-46-30

    Updating resume Do you mean ex-husband or boyfriend? Generally speaking employers are cautious about what they say and ask. Most employers contact previous employers to confirm the dates of employment, length of employment, position. Generally, this is handled by Human Resources. A prospective employer may ask if you performed your duties satisfactorily. Larger companies forward something in writing. There is a host of questions prospective employers cannot ask and even more previous employers cannot report for fear of a lawsuit. Of course there is a possibility that you may not know. If you are concerned and you were not at the job for a year or more, I would suggest removing the company entirely from your resume. You didn't mention how long you were at this company. It would not be advisable to list the company and request they not be contacted. FYI never divulge your previous salary. Unless the prospective employer wants to share with you what he paid your predecessor or what he is paying the rest of his staff or what his income is, it is none of his/her business. Your worth to one employer will never be equal to another employer because no two jobs are the same. If you see a job opportunity and they ask you for salary history, I suggest you respond without it or ignore the ad entirely.
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    2010-10-11 1-48-31-

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    2010-10-16 17-12-34

    Actually MiaMaci if I understand it correctly a prospective employer can ask any darn thing they want. And a prior employer can tell any darn thing they want - as long as it is true. There are no laws stating what can and cannot be asked. yes many employers may not give much information but many will. And a good HR person will know how to get the info. Please someone from HR correct me if I'm incorrect!
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  • aleman

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    2010-12-10 15-09-57

    Actually I don't think you put the reasons why you left on a resume. I know I never have nor have I seen any that have that information. Basiy you just put the dates, the company name and location and what you did. But you do not need to put the reason you left each company on your resume. Now if filling out an application (which is different) you are usually asked the reason why you left. I have two companies I worked for for a number of years both of which have gone out of business now. But I still list them even though I have no clue where any of the hr records are. In interviews I just explain that one is completely out of business now and the other was was taken over by another company after I left.
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