It happens. Every now and again we apply for a job, get the job, only to get there and discover its not the right fit. For either side of the table. What do you do? You can stick it out but these days with employment at record highs and a vast pool of talent available, most employers will opt to let their new hires go within the first three months than try to make them fit into the corporate culture.
So what do you do when that happens? Do you eliminate your new job from your on-line profiles and resumes or do you note them anyway and hope that prospective employers focus on your past employment history and skills and view your short-term job as a blip on your work history?
In his new Blog, Yousuf Khatib, Global Head of Marketing at loosemonkies.com suggests that you always focus on the positive – your Education, valuable Skills, Language (we are in the era of Global Commerce and Talent Pools after all), and Experience or work history. Here are his Top 5 Tips Top 5 Tips for managing a job loss on your on-line profile or resume:
1. Don’t mention it – really, don’t mention it. It’s not worth it. Under 3 months of experience, depending on your age and employment history, is not worth the trouble and can be easily explained away as a transition period.
2. Focus on the positive – most employers are looking at 4 main areas - experience, skills, achievements and attitude. Make sure you carefully note specific skills and training and list your achievements and awards.
3. Let them know what you know – use proper terminology for technologies, programs, practices or trades you know. Most recruiters are looking for specific skills or aptitudes so don’t waste time trying to figure out keywords, just let them know what you know.
4. Don’t exaggerate your education or experience – as we’ve seen recently, credentials, degrees and credits can be easily verified, especially when they are on-line and publicly available.
5. Don’t make a habit of it! – if this seems to be a recurring problem for you then maybe there are some larger issues afloat. You may need to examine your own workplaces practices and behaviors and see if there are areas you need to work on or some coaching that could benefit you. A good career counselor can be very beneficial to your future employability and opportunities.
While unpleasant to experience, such situations don’t have to be career-defining. Just be sure that while you are at your current employer you are noting or updating your profile with awards, achievements, training certificates or special projects. You never know how much those little things can add to your profile when you really need them.
The full blog is available at www.loosemonkiesblog.com.
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