To save space, my CV only lists years for start/finish dates. So for example, it would say "Manager at FakeCo: 2014-2016" and omit the month of the start/end date.
This has the side effect of concealing gaps and making short experience appear longer:
- The format hides gaps that do not roll over a calendar year change. A gap from January 2016 to December 2016 is invisible.
- The format "pads out" positions - a position started in December 2015 and terminated in January 2017 looks like 2015-2017, which "feels" like 3 years.
Of course, I would never claim a falsehood in an interview when asked, but the interviewer cannot ask about gaps if he does not see gaps, and I don't want to mention them unless asked. Also, recruiters looking at the resume before they have had a chance to ask me questions might be misled into thinking I have more experience than I really do.
Is this okay, or should I put down months on my CV to be as honest as possible?