do you need to include months when listing job dates on your resume?
A reader writes:
What is your opinion/advice on removing months from the dates portion of your resume? I have a few years of professional experience and wonder if the months could come off from my earlier jobs.
For instance, changing “Job Title, April 2011 to June 2012″ to just “Job Title, 2011 to 2012.”
Or is this something that hiring managers generally require and would like to see?
In the example you gave, leave the months. If you just write “2011 to 2012,” I have no idea if you were there for three months (like November 2011 – January 2012) or for 24 months (January 2011 – December 2012). And it makes a difference.
Most hiring managers aren’t going to reject you for not listing the months, but if they’re any good, they’re going to (a) wish you’d included it and (b) ask you to clarify it in an early screening. And if it turns out that it was only three months, they’re going to be annoyed that you tried to conceal that.
That said, if it’s a job in the far distant past or a job where you were there for a longer time (say, four or more years), no one will really care if you just use years.