I was Fired/Laid Off: Should I List This Position on My Resume? By Jeremy Cyrus 08/01/2012
Here are two questions we commonly receive from site visitors, along with an answer for each one. If you’re wondering how to handle a firing or lay-off on your resume, these answers might provide some insights.
Resume Help: I Was a Loyal Employee for Years
Q: I started at my previous firm as an assistant, and worked my way up to junior and then senior associate over the course of five years. Recently I was promoted to management, and within a few months, I found myself out on the street. The move was technically a lay-off, but there were some surrounding circumstances, and I don’t think I excelled as a manager. I’m afraid if I list this job on my resume, my former bosses may provide a negative reference. What should I do?
A: List the job on your resume, and do so proudly. Don’t be afraid of your former bosses. You worked hard for this company and gave your all at every level, and even if your management position didn’t work out, it’s part of the story of who you are.
resume Help: The Job was Clearly a Mismatch
Q: I started my last job full of enthusiasm, but in less than a month, I was back on the job market. Layoffs were handed out according to seniority, but I also think I may have been ushered out the door, since the job turned out to be a poor match for my personality and skills. Should I include this brief stint on my resume?
A: Yes. But if you need to cut a few long-past or non-relevant positions in the interest of saving space, put this one on the chopping block. Just be ready to discuss this unexplained month of your life if you’re called in for an interview.
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