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Thursday, 29 August 2013

How a good story may lead you to your next job

It is not a new theory that the longer you’ve been out of work, the harder it will be to land your next job.  However, it is becoming even harder than normal because now more competition is added to the mix.
At a time with such a high level of unemployment, human resources staff are inundated with resumes upon resumes of applicants.  Although it is unfortunate, many good candidates get overlooked simply because they have failed to provide the story behind their resume.  If you have been out of work for a significant amount of time—explain why.  Studies have been done with HR staff, where people who left their reason for leaving blank or simply specified “laid off” on their resume were targeted as incompetent and unhireable.  Those who were able to explain that they lost their job through no fault of their own were scored considerably higher.
The reason for this is simply that there is less stigma towards people who are unemployed by fault of their previous employer.  If the company you worked for went bankrupt or suffered serious setbacks which rendered inevitable lay-offs, you want to let potential employers know.  At the end of the day, people want to hear your story, so don’t be afraid to share it!