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under the table jobs on resumes?

Liz44Liz44 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
I work at a well-known fast food company but am paid in cash, off the books. Could someone please elaborate on the risks of putting this job on future resumes/job applications, whether for another part time job in college or an entry-level position once I graduate? I don't want all the time I have put into this job to go to waste and I don't want there to be a large gap in employment because I am being paid under the table. Any advice would help me. Thank you!
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Replies to: under the table jobs on resumes?

  • Pierce&PiercePierce&Pierce Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    you work for a fast-food company, but you are paid under the table...

    sounds like you aren't an employee there.

    there's got to be some federal labour laws against that.
  • Liz44Liz44 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    Uh yes there obviously is. That's why I just asked the question I did. Anyone else?
  • mitssu87mitssu87 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    i dont see why you cant put it on a resume or application. plenty of people work for cash in urban areas so its not unheard of. and especially since you are working in fast food industry no one will really question you. besides, its not like your lying, if anyone asks you, you can give them the contact info of your boss.
  • pcristianipcristiani Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    I would put the job in my resume... a job is a job... they won't care/ask about how you're paid..
  • LumineLumine Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    I don't think anyone will ask, since it's a major chain. But I'm no expert.
  • tenisghstenisghs Registered User Posts: 3,955 Senior Member
    @ Liz44

    If you have no other work experience, include it on your resume. Try to explain what you learned in that position (teamwork, customer service, etc.). In the future, depending on your career path, most employers don't look highly upon retail positions unless it's a management role.
  • jai6638jai6638 Registered User Posts: 1,025 Member
    If they ask and in the worst case, just saw that you volunteered there and were not paid... If they ask why would you volunteer at a Mcdonalds, you could say the manager was a relative/friend who you wanted to help out..

  • pcristianipcristiani Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    I'm 99% sure they won't ask you the details of how you got paid and if you were in the books or not... or if you paid taxes, etc...
  • jude_36jude_36 Registered User Posts: 543 Member
    The only issue I can see is if they want to call your employer and ask for references. If the employer is paying you under the table, they may not want to admit to you working there, since that would be admitting to an illegal activity. You might want to ask your boss how he/she would feel about giving you a reference before you put the job on your resume.
  • jude_36jude_36 Registered User Posts: 543 Member
    The other risk would be that if somehow the state department of labor or the IRS found out about what you're doing, both you and your employer are guilty of tax fraud.
  • Pierce&PiercePierce&Pierce Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    yeah then you and your manager would be sent to the federal pound me in the ass prison
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