This thread could belong in a few forums, but thought it might get the most traction here.
I'm currently in the midst of updating my resume for PE positions in the future (am currently a 2nd year at a MM bank, but am looking to finish up my 3rd year). The reason why I'm staying an additional year is because I was an experienced hire and don't just want to leave after one year at my MM. I previously completed my 1st year at a much smaller firm.
The smaller firm blew up during the crisis and laid off a bunch of folks. After 3-4 months of unemployment, I managed to land a legit finance related gig outside banking (think, etc.) Didn't really enjoy myself and ended up making the move to my current job after 3 months or so.
So here are my questions:
1) When updating my resume, should I include my 3-month gig at all? Reasons I can think of including is just due to the fact that I don't want there to be a huge unemployment gap in my resume. Downside to including is that my resume will be quite full (not a good thing actually) after taking into account my current gig, my 1st year gig, and my internship experience at a top tier.
2) If including, should I leave it as just a single line item and not elaborate on it?
3) How will firms / recruiters look at my resume? Will they think less of my qualifications since I was laid off and unemployed for a while etc.?
Thanks for your help in advance!