Weighing Job Gap on Resume vs. Listing Job He Was Fired From


Randle writes:
My question for you is how heavily do prospective employers consider the
fact that you have been fired? I have asked others whether I should I
remove this place of employment from my resume and most have said
no because it will leave an unexplainable gap in my employment. I was
only employed there for 6 months and was terminated because I didn’t
fit in. I was told there was no room there for me anymore and they were
going to hire someone else.


The Career Doctor responds:
Your letter just goes to show how callous some employers can be. So sorry
we don’t really like you and you don’t fit so see you later. Of course in some
ways that employer did you a favor because it’s certainly better to find out
sooner rather than later.
My opinion is that as long as this was not a dead-end job that you should
include it on your resume.
There are several ways to judge whether you should put this job on your
resume. You need to decide how important it is to your career advancement.
If this was your first job in your field then you need to use it to show you
have experience… If you gained valuable skills from this job you need to
include it. And if you have solid accomplishments you need to include
the job.
On the other hand if you were taking classes or volunteering at the same
time as this job — and you have something to fill the gap then you might
consider omitting it.
Most importantly do not call attention to it. Don’t say you were fired.
Simply list it as you do any other employment on your resume. Remember:
no negative information on your resume.
Once you get to the next level of your job search — the job interview — you
will need to have an explanation about the short stint. And what employers
are looking for is not any kind of excuse; what employers want to hear is
what you learned from it so always look for a positive lesson.
Being fired can certainly be traumatic and job-seekers sometimes feel as
though they have been branded with a big “F” on their foreheads but you
need to clear your head and move on otherwise your lack of confidence
will come through in your job search.
Read more in my article Getting
Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth
published on Quintessential Careers.


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