Just Moved to the UK – Should I hide being laid off in the USA?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Should I....?
    leave my resume as is... : (14 votes)
    82 %
    put down that I was working and set up a 'reference'.... : (0 votes)
    say that I was travelling : (2 votes)
    12 %
    something else... : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    2581 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    Member
    1867 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Lying to future employers is a really, really bad idea.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3268 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @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
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    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    Member
    6505 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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!

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