This article was sent to me by NannyResume.org. It is printed in its entirety below, or you can read the original posting here.
The advice, in my opinion, is sound, whether you are a Nanny or a Help Desk Coordinator. A resume is not a historical document, after all; rather, as a self-marketing document is requires strategic thinking about what to include and what to leave off.
When Is It OK to Leave a Job Off Your Nanny Resume
If It’s Old
The more jobs you take and the more experience you acquire, the less you might need to list the jobs you held early in your career. This is especially true if you worked a few short childcare jobs when you were just starting out as a nanny. Younger working professionals are usually best served by including as many jobs as possible to play up their employability, but if you’ve been working for a few years (or more), it’s OK to consider dropping a job that isn’t as impressive or helpful as those you’ve held more recently. Entry-level spots can eventually fall by the wayside or be relegated to a line or two in your personal statement.
If It’s Irrelevant
Your nanny resume is just that: a document designed to place you in the childcare field. As such, you might want to consider omitting jobs in other fields that might not have a bearing on your work as a nanny or on the skills you bring to the table. Shift work in retail, for instance, doesn’t really gel with what parents are looking for in a caregiver. If you’re just starting out in childcare, or if your history as a nanny has breaks in which you worked in other fields, you might want to leave off the irrelevant jobs and opt for a functional resume layout that emphasizes skills learned and downplays job chronology.
If It Doesn’t Put a Hole in Your Employment History
Employers like seeing nannies with relatively stable work records. Short jobs aren’t necessarily bad; short jobs with big spaces of unexplained time between them are another story. If leaving a job off your resume would create a serious gap in your history, it might be better to leave it and emphasize what you learned there in a positive way.
If You Were Fired
If you were fired, it might be a good idea to omit the job from your resume, especially if your tenure there was brief. Maybe you really didn’t like the people you worked for, or maybe you and the client found yourselves clashing at every turn. Maybe you wound up in over your head with a client who demanded more and more, only to cut you loose when you complained. Maybe you were terminated for cause based on your behavior or performance, and though your habits have improved since then, you’re not exactly in a rush to talk about the experience with new clients. Those are all perfectly valid reasons to leave a job off your resume. Again, your resume is your business, and it’s the document you’re going to use to sell yourself and your services. What goes on it is up to you. If you were fired from a job, you might not have the best relationship with that client, which can hinder the recommendation process. And for nannies, recommendations and references are crucial. If you do decide to keep a job you were fired from on your resume, be prepared to talk truthfully (and briefly) with future possible clients about why you left and what you learned.
All in all, it’s your decision whether to cut a job from your work history or leave it on your resume. Just remember that every job, positive or negative, represents experience that can be vital to working in childcare.