What is the best way to handle an involuntary separation from a job?

Also my recent work history is spotty after being involuntary separated. I was terminated from a job I had 4 years of service with, then immediately found another job, but was not comfortable and resigned. I was informed that several job offers were pulled due to my job hopping and unable to attain favorable work references.

I put down on my job apps reason for separation from the job I was terminated from "excessive overtime, long commute, and constant on call", for the job I quit afterwards, to pursue better opportunities.

I am looking for more positive reasons to explain my job history.

9 Answers

  • Stuart
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Employers are looking for candidates that they can train and will remain with the company for a long time. It's expensive to get a new employee set up - just the payroll paperwork alone takes a long time, and then there's training, setting up a workstation, etc etc.

    So, you can understand why they'd be gunshy to take on someone who looks like they'll be staying for a couple of months and then moving on.

    Here's where you need to put a spin on your career that sells your talents and minimizes your history.

    First thing: tear up your resume. Don't put your work history out there for HR to look at and toss in the trash. Instead, respond to job opportunities with a positive, upbeat and confident letter.

    On employment applications, provide vague time frames for your previous jobs - things like "during the early 90s, I took on the task of..." or something like "served in this post long enough for the company to get a solid foundation in this market..." - but make sure that you note that you'll discuss the details during the interview.

    And finally, in the interview, be honest. Don't dwell on the time frames, but do point out the wealth of experience you've gained from your various jobs.

    Good luck.

  • Gayle
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Other then casual conversation during or after and interview, I'm not certain how marital status might even come up -- unless the job involved some manner of travel or other family hardship issues. I know of the years I was a hiring manager I rarely inquired about any family specifics unless there was some issue where I thought the job might have an impact on a relationship, or if I was discussing family benefits. However, if for some reason the marriage or family issue came up, I think it would be generally safe to just go with "separated" or "divorcing". I wouldn't offer any more then that, or display any sense of emotion over the matter. Family life and work are separate, and you don't want to give the impression that your personal life is likely to trump your work performance. If there are special requirements that need be met because of custody matters, and those require any special attention with respect to your employer, it would be fair to just consider yourself a single parent and refer to the issue that way. If for instance, you needed to state that as a single parent you always need to be off work at a consistent time because of childcare issues. There's certainly no harm in being a single parent, and most don't read anything into that. The details of why you're a single parent shouldn't be asked, and aren't normally an employer concern anyway. Good luck with your interview!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some times the employer does not get past "involuntary separation." Pitiful, but true. Could you try to just not put that in as a reason and put in something like you wanted to pursue something more challenging? You probably should have stayed with the second job long enough to have gotten a better history out of it. Best of luck.

  • thomas
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try to put a positive spin on it. If you hide it and and they find out It really looks bad. My wife works in HR and if they notice a gap in work history they investigate. When they find something not listed it throws up a flag telling them your untrustworth as well.

    Right now your work history is just one check aginst you, being nervious about it or hiding it makes it much larger. Play your strengths and be positive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First of all... don't put on your work history that your were canned!! Your previous employer can't tell your potential employer WHY you're not there. All they can really verify is that you worked there and the dates. Anything else and they're risking a slander/liable suit. 2nd of all... reason for leaving: no opportunity for advancement. Done deal.



  • 1 decade ago

    go to a resume expert. and maybe do a reentry course at local college fro career choices.

    choosing the right job is the first key.

    you aren't a hopper at 4 years. hoppers are 6 months!

    but maybe you don't explain well.

    and need to clear and spin positive on termination that is the issue. and maybe show efforts to repair..

    avoid inventing lies to "cover"..

    get professionals to advise and help you.

  • 1 decade ago

    Do not put that one that you were fired from or the next job. Just put that you had your own business.... that it folded... lol it works... then do better on the next job you have.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    File unemployment

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    move on and get a new one

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