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Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

Your resume is not required to be a comprehensive accounting of how you spent each month of your professional life. It’s understood that the whole point is to present yourself in the strongest light.

Now, of course you may get questions about how you spent a period of time that your resume left unaccounted for. In your case, you had already been unemployed for five months before. You didn’t say why, but let’s assume for the sake of illustration that you were laid off.

When asked about the period of time since your last job, you would simply say that you, like so many others right now, were laid off and have spent the time since job-searching and doing ____. (Fill in the blank with freelancing, caring for family members, taking a class, or whatever happens to be true in your case.)

Regarding your question about whether being out of work looks bad: Show me a hiring manager who hasn’t been spending her days talking to strong candidates who are out of work because of the economy, and I will show you a hiring manager who just started her job this morning.

Great candidates who are unemployed have become normal right now, unfortunately. Any hiring manager who would discard a candidate for being out of work right now isn’t living in reality (and is a jerk you don’t want to work for anyway).

So leave that job off your resume, and good luck.