Client Login    

Remember me    Forgot Password?

5 Most Dangerous Trends in Resume Companies
Need Help? Call 800-737-9344.   Sign Up Now
Share
About Us | Our Services | Sample Work | Why Us | Testimonials | Writing Tips | Client Login | Contact Us | FAQ | Quick Tour
   You are here: Home » Writing Tips » Free Employment Clinic: How to ...  
 
Free Employment Clinic: How to Fix the Boo-Boos in Your History
By Melanie G. Lammers
Download PDF
Remember how, when you were a child, your mommy taught you how to put a Band-Aid on your knee after your most recent fall? Sometimes a scar was inevitable, yet she always knew how to make you feel better. But what can you do about the boo-boos in your employment history?

Unfortunately, the "kiss it and make it feel better" policy doesn't function quite as well in the professional environment. There are, however, some splints and bandages you can use to accelerate the healing process. We can't make your past employment mistakes go away, but we can wrap them up and cast them in a more positive light. Let the healing begin!

When sending out resumes and cover letters to employers, you have to acknowledge the fact that this is, whether you like it or not, the first impression you will make, and your application documents contain the only information employers will have about you unless they decide to call you in for an interview.

With this in mind, it is even more important that information be accurate and forthcoming—even if it is not particularly flattering. Anything employers read as misleading will automatically land you in the cylindrical file of no return.

For this reason, consistency of content is more crucial than ever. Some of the biggest concerns for candidates with sketchy work histories are time spent unemployed and positions that were short-lived. There is, however, a completely legitimate way to present this material without lying and without putting on a Vanna White-esque display for the world to ridicule. The easiest strategy is to simply list all employment dates using years but not months.

Employers will eventually discover that your tenure at Company ABC from 1999 to 2000 really lasted from November 1999 to February 2000, but if they are checking references and asking for additional information about your work history, your foot is already in the door, and you have less to worry about.

As it is extremely important to remain truthful to prevent your foot from going back out that door in a heartbeat, be willing to discuss your work history when asked. Short-term positions are not the end of the world if you do not appear to be hiding something to begin with. Honesty is key.

Terminations are another sore spot for many candidates. It doesn't matter how long it has been since the layoff or firing occurred. Any termination is a sensitive subject, and—let's face it—it's never going to be an ego booster, so we have to find ways to cope. If an employer checks your work history or references, it is bound to find out about a termination in your past, but this does not mean you cannot eliminate suspicion from the beginning.

Your cover letter is the perfect place to explain away unseemly dismissals. Before your references are even called, you have the opportunity to prevent any unnecessary questioning of your abilities by describing your dismissal in a favorable manner. (This includes describing your former employer favorably.)

Instead of going on a rant about your horrible boss, explaining that funding for your position was no longer available will suffice. Remember that any negative commentary on a previous employer may reflect on your potential to backstab a future employer if things don't work out. Human resources departments typically are not fond of disloyal employees and trash talkers.




"Show us you are alive! We want to hear your thoughts. Please comment on this article (below)!"


Article ID: 40040 www.attorneyresume.com

Article Title : Free Employment Clinic: How to Fix the Boo-Boos in Your History

Comment not found for this article......
Add Comment


Attorney Resume
Discover how thousands of top attorneys have gotten better jobs using Attorney Resume's award winning resume service.

Click here to try Attorney Resume today and also get a copy of our FREE book, (a) The Perfect Legal Resume ($29.95 value), (b) Attorney Resume Secrets Revealed ($9.95 value), and (c) 12 Important Articles to Perfect Your Resume ($12.95 value)— absolutely FREE.

In addition, we will also automatically enter you to win a brand new BMW 328i!


Facebook comments:



  • Share this story:
  • BlinkList
  • blogmarks
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Sphinn
  • MySpace
  • NewsVine
  • Simpy
  • StumbleUpon
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • Print this article!
  • Faves
  • Furl
  • Netvouz
  • Slashdot
  • Spurl
  • Yahoo! Buzz


Popular Tags
 cover letter   Melanie G. Lammers  
The Easy, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Attorney Resume's professional resume writers aren't satisfied unless their clients are. For a full three to nine months after your sign up date (depending on the service package selected), Attorney Resume writers will draft, revise, and tweak new resume and cover letters free of charge and to your satisfaction.

Click here to find out more.
100 RESUME TIPS
for Attorneys and Law Students
Click Here to Download
Top 54 Reasons
to Choose Attorney Resume
REFER A FRIEND
Click Here to Refer
Attorney Resume to a Friend
Attorney Resume is Tax Deductible

If you are searching for a job in your current line of work, you may claim a deduction of the expenses incurred by sending resumes to prospective employers. This deduction also includes any agency fees you pay as long as these expenses exceed 2% of your income count.
NEW! Legal Resume Guide

Attorney Resume has just announced its publication of an electronic guide to creating the perfect legal resume! Click here to read more.
Read Our Book

Attorney Job Search Secrets Revealed

Attorney Resume Secrets Revealed

BCG Attorney Search Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas

Finding a Dream Job in a Nightmare Economy (Up The Ladder in a Down Economy)

Keepin Your Job When Everybody Else is Losing Theirs (Up The Ladder in a Down Economy)

Law Crossing's Career Advice Revealed Part I

Law Crossing's Career Advice Revealed Part II

Law Crossing's Guide to Alternative Careers

Resume Truths 12 Important Articles to Perfect Your Resume

The Perfect Legal Job Search Book

The Advertising Career Guide

The Architecture Career Guide

The BCG Attorney Search Guide to America's Top 50 Law Schools

The Psychology of Success (Up The Ladder in A Down Economy)

Truth or Consequences (Up The Ladder in A Down Economy)

LawCrossing.com BCG Attorney Search Jd Journal JD2B
Twitter
Home |  About Us |  History |  Press Room |  Contact Us |  Site Map
Why Us |  Benefits to You of Working with Attorney Resume | 
Resume Distribution Service |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Our Sites


© 2017 Attorney Resume. All rights reserved.
 
Employment Research Institute
 
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.