Post # 1
My husband and I have just moved to the UK as he is English and was really missing home. Some of you may have read my post discribing his depression when we were in the U.K….. anyways – I am going to start applying to jobs today and am not sure what to do about my resume.
I have a BSc in Psychology from my local university. I worked retail jobs until college, and then scored a work study position in the Department of Teacher Ed. at my school. After school, I began working as an admin and report writer for a research facility. My position did not sit well with me morally. This was NOT what I wanted to do at all but I had a life changing event happen that forced me to get the first job I was offered and this was it. I stayed there and gained substantial wage increase over my first 18 months of working there before being laid of in September of 2012. I haven’t held a job since then.
I’m worried the gap in my resume from Sept 2012 – Oct 2013 will frighten employers. I am interested in a few positions in the education field and I think my degree will put me at an advantage.
Do you think the gap will automatically disquailfy me? Any ideas?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@MellowPossum: I definitely think you would be better NOT lying on any job applications. It can lead to any number of issues, and lies usually have a way of being found out.
Being laid off wasn’t your fault, so they can’t blame you for it.
ETA: I particularly wouldn’t set up any false references! I think that might well be illegal over here, I definitely know that lying about your qualifications is.
Post # 4
Lying to future employers is a really, really bad idea.
Post # 5
@MellowPossum: Tell them pretty much the same thing you’ve told us here. Definitely don’t lie!!
What have you been doing with your time during the past year? Have you been volunteering anywhere? That is perfectly valid experience also, and noting that you were volunteering somewhere or working unpaid on something is much better than leaving a year gap in your resume. I think people in the UK are well aware of how screwed up the US economy has been lately, so being unemployed for a year in the US may not be too shocking anyway.
Post # 6
getting laid off never reflects poorly on an applicant (I work in HR). Getting fired, quitting for no reason – that reflects badly. Just state on your resume or in your cover letter that you were laid off due to XYZ
Post # 7
As PP said, state in your cover letter that you were laid off. Never lie to a future employer, chances are that they will find out and then you will probably have no chance getting a job there.
Post # 8
Does getting “laid off” mean you were made redundant? As in, they didn’t have a job for you anymore, not that you were fired? If so, there’s no need to hide it.
You don’t HAVE to put down anything on your CV so you can just stay silent if you want to (except for things like criminal convictions). But you shouldn’t put down anything which is false. And if you’re asked, you shouldn’t lie. But it sounds like there’s nothing bad about the situation anyway so I would put that experience on the form!
Post # 9
Yes, I was made redudant. The company had 25 employess and myself and 3 others were let go. It was a family company and we were the newest and the most dispensable employees. Okay – I won’t lie then. I haven’t volunteered in my spare time. I took September – December as a break as I was the sole worker from October 2011 – July 2012 (when my husband gained employment). After the new year, I worked on some personal artistic projects and ran an online etsy shop selling vintage as a hobby. I started looking for work that spring but stopped in June – July when we realized we were moving back to the UK. I started prepping for my visa in July, applied in August, and moved in September.
I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time off but I’m also not sure that it helps me gain employment since I didn’t do anything useful in my field.