Resume Red Flags: Unplanned Departures

Not being currently employed or having an unplanned departure is a red flag for recruiters, who believe a strong candidate would not leave a job without a new profile in hand. You can handle this by:

  1. Not blaming the old company, and not highlighting their mistreatment of you.
  2. Focusing on the good aspects of your tenure with them: Your learnings, new relationships and accomplishments.
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Resume Red Flags: Employment Gaps
  • Gaps in experience indicate a struggle with securing jobs in the past or poor performance to the hiring manager.
  • One can proactively explain the real, often valid reasons for a gap in your employment, like taking care of a sick family member, recession, or taking time-out for education or reskilling.
  • It is a good idea to add some contractual or consulting work, pursue a degree or diploma, or even do volunteer work.
  • If you were out of work due to your being selective about your career, mention the same to the recruiter.

Taking multiple jobs in a short span of time can indicate struggle towards commitment, or chronic performance issues. Brief tenures can be tackled as follows:

  1. Show the positive side of working with a diverse set of companies, gaining experience and a solid network.
  2. Focus on the accomplishments rather than the tenure.
  3. Make the hiring manager understand the exposure you had and best practices that were acquired, increasing your competence
  1. Emphasising the environment that makes you be at your best, indirectly telling them that the reason you didn’t thrive at the previous place was that they didn’t support you.
  2. If you were laid off, disclose the fact honestly, emphasising the reason for being fired and the lessons learnt.

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The Interviewer’s Perspective

When the interviewer asks you, “Tell me about yourself”, he is hoping this question will get you talking. It will give him a first impression of you, and set the tone for the interview. He wants to establish if you can be a good fit.

This is a good opportunity for you to highlight the points that you want this potential employer to know about you.

The quickest way to fill a resume gap is to become a creator. Perhaps your last job provided you with valuable insight you could share.

  • You could create content about best practices that companies, employees, and job hunters can use.
  • You can become a community organizer or host events for people interested in your area of expertise.

The key is to take your niche and use it as a tool to help other people. Then you have something to add to your resume.

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