Considering leaving my agency after just a couple months in pharma - feeling underutilized and stuck.

My question: do I leave this stint off my resume entirely? List the parent agency instead of the wellness arm? Pass it off as freelance? Not trying to be dishonest I just know this experience probably isn’t relevant when going out for non-pharma jobs.

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I don't see why you'd need to hide it. You tried it and didn't like it, and are going back to consumer.

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Well, that's fair. People don't like to see short stints. But at least speaking personally, I'd rather hire someone who tried something and didn't like it, and recognized it didn't work out vs someone who took a break, or freelanced at a pharma shop with no pharma experience. Both would be questions in my mind. And mind you, there's nothing wrong with taking a break, but I'd ask what you did and why you wanted to take a break, and then you'd have to have a reason prepared, whereas you could just be honest 🙃 Seems like it's less effort!

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Own it. It’s okay to have one or two <1 year stints on a resume.

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I would just pass it off as freelance. Mainly just so you don’t get labeled as a “pharma creative” by recruiters who only look f your last full time gig.

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I would say keep the experience on there. I've worked on both consumer and pharma, it's a smaller world than you think and if I was interviewing you and found out you worked in pharma and left it would make me suspicious.

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Agree with SVP! Although if you feel more confident talking about it as a freelance experience, go for it.

Own it, it will come up in background check anyway. No one will hold it against you, tried something new and it wasn’t for you.

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