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Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

Hallo All!

I have been looking for a job since a couple of months now...And it seems even more difficult in this situation ( economic--end of the year)...

I started to get depressed home alone and decided to get a job immediately....
I started working 2 to 3 hours a day in a fast food restaurant, to have fun little bit and to earn bit of money..
I am over-qualified for the job and itending to do it from 1 to 3 months only...by the time i find an appropriate job..

Do i have to mention that experience in my CV? is it a must?
Will my new employer know that i was employed by a fast food restaurant before?

I am just afraid that writing this experience on my CV will leave a negative impact and will diminish my chances to find my dream job again..

Any advice would really help
Thanks a lot
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

If you're only working there for a couple of months, I wouldn't put it on my CV. Especially if it doesn't relate to the type of employment you're looking for.

Employers like to see you stay in a given position for longer periods, preferably years.

If your new employer should ask what you're been doing between jobs, you could always say that you did some temp work just to get by.
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

I would put it down on the CV. Include a note in your covering letter to say that you have been doing this job in a temporary capacity while seeking appropriate employment. It is far better to be honest. What if the employer had been to the shop and recognised you? I see nothing wrong in mentioning that you have taken a lower paid job for a while rather than remain unemployed. I would be impressed with this.

I believe, from you profile and posts, that English is not your first language. If this is the case, you may find it helpful to have an English speaker read through your CV and letter to potential employers to check your spelling and grammar.

On a separate note, there is no need to use large font, bold text or underline on the forum. Some people may find it off-putting. It can also be considered as shouting.

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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

on the other hand since it's(hopefully) fairly likely that a lot of these "highly qualified" positions won't actually exist any more in the new economic climate then you might be really glad to be able to show some experience in a hamburger joint.

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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

I would NOT put this on my CV. It is not relevant to your qualifications and it is not required at all.
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I would NOT put this on my CV. It is not relevant to your qualifications and it is not required at all.
In my experience, employers would not consider it a problem that someone was working in a role other than their chosen career. It shows a willingness to work and not depend on benefits. If this is the most recent, or current, employment, it is even more important to refer to it.

If a period of time is not accounted for, employers may ask questions or make assumptions.

If someone has had a series of temporary jobs in the past, I would consider it acceptable to summarise these such as:
2004-2005 Various temporary roles whilst seeking permanant position.
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

Leave it out! But you can't leave a hole in your CV either, so just mention "various temp / freelance projects" or something like that.

And this is nothing to be ashamed of either. I have met professionals that have done all kinds of odd jobs to get by, if anything, it shows initiative and resourcefulness. It beats the hell out of sitting at home whinning!
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

I reckon it should be mentioned just not in detail. It shows you are willing to enter into a difficult job market as an expat. It shows commitment and drive. But that may depend on who you are trying to impress and what their opinion is. some will like it, some might not.
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

Have only been in Switzerland for these last few months? If so, then you could simply say that you've been on holiday, financed by odd-jobs.

You would not need to mention this in the CV, but in the cover letter.
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In my experience, employers would not consider it a problem that someone was working in a role other than their chosen career. It shows a willingness to work and not depend on benefits. If this is the most recent, or current, employment, it is even more important to refer to it.
Rod, I think it really depends on the type of position the person is applying for. If the burger job is a really long stretch from the person's profession, I would certainly not mention it.

For example, if I were hiring an accounting and his resume showed that he worked in a burger joint between jobs, I most likely would not hire him, because I would feel like he's selling himself short.

Having said that, on the other side of the coin we have way more people in the US applying with us for positions for which they are way overqualified. For example, so many professional women in their 50's are applying for warehouse positions. Really tough times now so I guess the rules are also changing.

In any case OP, best of luck with your job search!
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

I suggest not to mention it in your CV or cover letter. Written communications is usually not as affective as verbal communications.

But do mention it in your interview.

It can be a good ice-breaker and I am sure you can communicate and give your message better. They can also relate to you emotionally.
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

Thank you all for your answers...

They were really handy......But my main question was: will the Employer know that i worked for ONE month in a burger restaurant? If i decided not to mention it?
Is there any way they can investigate about it?.....

I appreciate the answer to THAT question!!!

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Old 26.11.2008, 16:35
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If it's just the one month, you can hide it, if it's 3 or more, it will be a "hole" in your CV. I have filled in applications where they specifically request not to leave a "hole" in your CV.
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

You know the best advice I have been given on CVs is that put on them only the information that you think is going to get you foot in the door. HR are people spend minutes, nay seconds looking at these things. If you gained experience in an area that is well totally irelevant to your application then if you should miss it off.

If your fast food experience can be sold as something of value, put it down. As a rule of thumb I think you can reasonably argue that you took six-to-nine months leave of absence...
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Thank you all for your answers...

They were really handy......But my main question was: will the Employer know that i worked for ONE month in a burger restaurant? If i decided not to mention it?
Is there any way they can investigate about it?.....

I appreciate the answer to THAT question!!!

Thank you
I really don't think that your future employer would have any way of knowing about this current position if you don't tell him.

And should he find out through some means, you could always say that it was just a temp job to earn some money between jobs. You didn't feel that it was relevant to place it on your resume.
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Thank you all for your answers...

They were really handy......But my main question was: will the Employer know that i worked for ONE month in a burger restaurant? If i decided not to mention it?
Is there any way they can investigate about it?.....

I appreciate the answer to THAT question!!!

Thank you
If you have been working for an employer and paying tax, I guess that this would be recorded somewhere. I don't know how this works in Switzerland, but in the UK the employer would be able to see how much tax you had paid and how much you had been paid.
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I really don't think that your future employer would have any way of knowing about this current position if you don't tell him.

And should he find out through some means, you could always say that it was just a temp job to earn some money between jobs. You didn't feel that it was relevant to place it on your resume.
Thanks Lynn88....i was also thinking the same......

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If you have been working for an employer and paying tax, I guess that this would be recorded somewhere. I don't know how this works in Switzerland, but in the UK the employer would be able to see how much tax you had paid and how much you had been paid.
Yes deep purple, actually the tax goes to AHV......but i am not sure if the emlpoyer have the right to have a look at the tax list!!
Ill double check that..
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Re: Will my new employer know about my previous Job?

I wouldnt put it on my CV unless it becomes something more "permanent". If you only work there for a couple of months I wouldnt, because it has nothing to do with your qualifications or job expectations!
If your employer is a detective and finds out (very strange) I agree with Linn88, just say you didnt think it was important enough!
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I do not know here, as it is my first job in Switzerland.

But in Denmark your employer would have to write on your taxcard, how much you earned. There he would who you worked for, and how much you earned.

I would put it on, that I have been active working, but not mention in details what I have done.

I am an IT Administrator, and I have a travelling fun fair on my CV, where I was taking care of Ponies. It gives a good laugh in the Interviews, but seems to be taken positively, that I spent the time in that job applying for "real" jobs, and also it was just 2 months.

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