When kicking off a new career or job after entering recovery, there are a lot of personal decisions to make: Should you disclose your recovery status? How open and honest should you be? What if there are previous job situations during your active addiction you’d rather leave in the past?
Does it make you afraid to list your former job or boss on your résumé? Career Builder says there some staple things every job seeker should know about listing former employment.
Though you may be hesitant to list them, “former bosses are generally the first reference employers look for from job applicants,” Chris Posti, president of outplacement firm Posti & Associates, tells Career Builder. “If you don't provide your former boss as a reference, it will cause concern, unless you can give a solid explanation.”
So, what do you do?
First, know your former company’s policy on references. Most usually have guidelines in place regarding what types of information can be revealed about a past employee and what can’t. There's a chance that your boss or the human resources department will only be able to verify your title and dates of employment, but won't be able to speak to the quality of your work. Find out where it stands because it’s always more beneficial to list a former boss.
Career Builder recommends also having a “closure conversation” with your former boss or company. If you feel like you left a wrong impression while leaving, or want to clear up any misunderstandings, do it. Even if you didn't see eye to eye — and still don’t regarding the details of your departure — simply speaking to your ex-boss ahead of time can help you get favorable results for the future.
In the end, if you’ve decided you don’t think it is beneficial to include a former job and/or boss on your résumé, make sure you provide other high-quality references. According to Career Builder, they should be references of high caliber who can speak about you as an outstanding candidate.
Other notable references can also make it less apparent if you have skipped listing a certain boss.