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They had me sign a very specific NDA where I could not state location, details of diet, heath, salary...not even disclose WHOM I WAS WORKING FOR. That's not as outrageous as you seem to be making it, I can't imagine that anyone hiring a personal chef would want that person to go on and put on their resume: "I worked for XYZ FAMOUS PERSON and had to ...


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Is there any resume disadvantage to never being promoted within a company? The single fact that you have never been promoted isn't hugely significant by itself. It just fits in with the pattern of the rest of your resume. The fact that you have had five jobs in five years makes it almost certain that you have never had a promotion. The biggest ...


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Not really any disadvantage depending on the industry. You have steadily moved forwards which is more than most. It's more of a flag that you're not even finishing 2 years before moving.


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Keep it simple: Personal Chef: June 2016 - January 2020 Cannot disclose details due to NDA Worked in a southern state for an athlete. During your interview just make sure to stick to the generic explanation outlined above and focus on your overall skills as a chef. The interviewer might not like it so they'll have to choose whether to believe ...


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Do not lie on your résumé. Your friend is giving you bad advice. There are no "safe" ways to fabricate work experience. Employers are smarter than you think. Background checks can identify faked experience. And if you lie about having experience and skills, then your inexperience will show in your performance. Maybe you get the job, but you're not ...


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You can still put the job in your resume, however instead of a detailed description, you would put a disclaimer like "Unable to disclose due to legal reasons". This will alert whoever is reading your resume that you simple cannot discuss the details, but you were still employed. Its better than having a large gap in your resume and having a generic job ...


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As noted by others, the lack of promotion itself isn't noticeable, because what's noticeable is your frequent change of jobs. I'd add that, as an employer, I would consider whether you changed jobs in an upward trajectory or not; if you're bouncing from one junior position to another, that's not as good as if you go from junior to developer after a few jobs....


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Other answers are good. I would suggest reaching out to your client and asking for assistance in finding a gig. The logic is that they have somewhat limited your employment options, getting in return excellent service and discretion.


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At first, I found the question impolite. It's not. It's a perfectly normal and reasonable question to ask and it's one you need to be prepared for. Lying is a terrible idea. Also I find it to be a double standard, since it was a start-up, and most start-up I know have a 1 year employee turnover. While turnover is usually higher at start-ups, this ...


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I'm from the UK. So far as I'm aware, we consider them to be different words for the same thing. I would call it a CV personally, and consider "Resume" to be the American-English version, but I'm sure that varies from place to place.


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The question is, can I put the senior title on my CV? In this case, NO. Do not "invent" new title / designation, go by what you can prove (contract / references). How do I explain to a future employer that I deserve a seniors salary? This will entirely depend on the factor that how much value you bring in and going to add to the organization. Do not ...


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There is a difference between being a salesman and a liar. You need to be the former Sales people, for a start, don't outright lie. What do they do? They bring the good qualities that are relevant to the buyer to the forefront, and de-emphasise shortcomings as much as is reasonably possible. What you and your CV should be doing is this. Straight-up ...


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Is there anything else to be considered, and are there any established ways on hiding these information? You don't need to hide anything, none of the points you mentioned - Gender, Heritage and Age should have a place in a traditional CV. You can (and you should) leave them off. Use the real estate for more relevant information. Regarding the ...


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How can I enhance my resume to increase my chances to getting another job? I realize I can’t lie about testable stuff, but what is hard to test in an interview? One friend suggested that I talk about micro services and such as they can’t easily test that. As a rule of thumb, I suggest you never lie or include false statements in your Resume. Most likely ...


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Promotions take times. It take times for people to recognize your worth. It take times to submit recommendation of promotion, review the recommendation and there may need an open position to fill to justify a promotion. A promotion is worth celebrating, but you rarely seek promotion, you seek position and that's what you successfully did. Employers don't ...


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Like this: 2007-2020 Yoyodyne (a subsidiary of ACME Global) Mention first, by its most recent name, the place you're bragging about (yeah, with 13 years you should brag. shamelessly. it's a big deal.) Then, just to clarify, mention the corporate overlord. People in your line of work will recognize the former, and executives will recognize the latter (or ...


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Penetration tester here. Put it all in. These are standard tools and techniques for your field. You'd basically have to admit to doing illegal things (using these tools on systems where you have permission to, such as CTF sites or VulnHub VMs, is legal pretty much everywhere) for an employer to get cold feet in this industry. No sane employer is going to ...


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Here are a couple of steps. I don't like the term 'lying', so we'll go with "how do I fluff up my resume and myself so I look more attractive to my potential employers', if that's OK with you. I think credentials matter a bit in this context, so I'll put them in. I'm currently a SE, been working for 5+ years right out of college. I've been deeply involved ...


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Few things which weren't mentioned in other answers: Let's say, you worked in one company for 5 years doing the same over and over without promotion - that would be also noticeable. However, you changed jobs with increasing responsibilities and proved that you adapt in various companies. As recent graduate, you may change first 1-2 jobs quickly because it ...


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I'm from a country where its not unusual to have 'informal' jobs. We make money, don't pay taxes, its easy to get one. Why is this a problem from a resume perspective? Resumes don't usually include information about whether you paid your taxes. Are you afraid of your government reading it and collecting back taxes from you? How can explain in my CV ...


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First, and most important, remember that the friend who is advising you is a liar. Probably he is truthfully telling you about lies he has told others, but given you are dealing with a liar you should not count on that. How much you can get away with depends in part on how skilled and practiced you are at lying. It will not just be limited to what you write....


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As a frame challenge, you're overthinking this. Potential employers usually won't know how old you are, unless you tell them. Someone who appears to be in their 30's and has 10 years of solid job history wouldn't really stand out from the pack. If the interviewer even thinks about your age, they might as well just assume you're 32 and started working at 22, ...


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How to make it not sound bad? Why do you assume it'll be bad? What matters is your claim about your knowledge and expertise and whether you're able to produce results / exhibit capabilities in the interview. How can explain in my CV that i only had 2 jobs, with 5 years experience each? That's an information, and needs to explanation. Yes, if you have a ...


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I think you say HOW you helped the growth, and by how much, especially if it is quantifiable. Was reliably the main customer contact in the office, greeting and giving customer information on llama grooming and how Llamas-R-Us could provide efficient service. While I was at Llamas-R-Us, we grew on average by 40 customers a month and my boss said that 25 ...


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You can't justify it as not shopping around because you are. You're shopping around for a job that suits your family needs, has decent management, isn't financially sinking etc.. What you aren't doing is shopping around to get the highest pay which I assume is what the CTO thought. I agree that it was a bit out of place for an interviewer to accuse a ...


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The other answer and comments miss the point. There are many ways to determine age, gender, and heritage that have nothing to do with stating something like “I am a black woman who is 55.” Plenty of other info can reveal it. The other answers are also mostly from the perspective of developers. I can apply for a couple jobs and have interviews in a week, ...


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You can put anything that is factually true, no one really cares much at that level. But you don't have a scholarship, so that is not factually true.


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I am fresh out of university and in 1 year, I have been working at two different companies. You should list all the relevant work you've done. You've only been out of school for a year, so it's surely better to include a job that gave you 3 or 4 months of experience than to have a gap that long. Employers are sometimes concerned if it looks like someone ...


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You have some experience which puts you in a better position than some. You must have contributed or learned something in that 6 months of employment. Rather than lying, enumerate that list on your resume and discuss your duties during the interview. Best of luck!


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