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Can you put a MLM or Network Marketing Company on your resume or on a job application?

I recently joined a MLM or Network Marketing company, is it possible to enlist them in your resume or Job Application paper? Thanks
PS would you recommend me putting it on or not?

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5 Responses to “Can you put a MLM or Network Marketing Company on your resume or on a job application?”

  1. David S says:

    i wouldn’t.

    if a prospective employer sees a company they do not recognise on someones resume, they will look it up.

    when they see that its MLM, they will probably scrap your resume, because it basically says “I’m a gullible idiot”

  2. Ghost Who Walks says:

    Your resume reflects your academic qualifications, experience, personal profile etc and so you may include all companies where you had worked.

  3. Wayne Z says:

    No. Absolutely not.

    On the Record: It says that you won’t be giving your future employer 100% of your effort because of this “business”.

    Off the Record: It says that you fell for a scam and you will need to find other suckers to join so you will try and recruit your co-workers.

  4. Jeff Hoffman says:

    To me, resumes are more about achievement than anything. In your MLM, have you achieved success?

    As a business owner looking to hire you, it wouldn’t impress me much to know that you spent a couple hundred bucks to join an MLM and then lost money at it. If that were true, I might just omit that segment of history.

    On the other hand, if you knocked it out of the park, that would interest me greatly. Building a successful network marketing team is no small task, and the individual who’s done so is qualified to do a number of other things too.

    I don’t mean this in a snide way at all, but I’m guessing you didn’t hit it out of the park (or, you probably wouldn’t being applying for said job.) Unless you can find a way to demonstrate skill and expertise by mentioning your MLM experience, you might want to avoid it.

    Mainly because you WILL run into people who see it as a negative. You don’t want to be on the defensive. Success is the surest way to avoid that… it’s hard to criticize success.

  5. I agree with Jeff, if you are using it as content to show success but have no intentions on getting a 9-5 job then list it on LinkedIn or other areas such as monster. This is only to brand yourself. If you have failed and looking for a job don’t list it.

    Unlike what David said, 3% of MLM make it big and about 10% make a living off of it. Usually those people aren’t looking for a job.

    This is my first time in the MLM realm but we found a product and team that allowed me to leave my job on Dec. 30th 2009, for months after we joined. You can make a living at this. It’s just a lot of hard work, treat people well and find the right company.

    we have and do all 3… By the way, some of your biggest MLM people are very influential and not idiots.. :-)

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