Freshers and professionals, at the entry level, are said to be the easy victims of the economic recession as they are the first ones to be asked to leave, resulting in a short job stint on their resume. Experts suggest that such short term jobs are no more considered to be a red flag while hiring, but explaining it effectively to a potential employer is important.
Picture this… it was just three months ago when you landed your dream job, after a vigorous search. But economic situations forced you to be a job seeker again and the thought about how you could possibly include such a short term experience in the resume is baffling you. So what do you do? Experts say that with changing times, corporates have started accepting professionals with short job stints on their resumes as it is no longer considered to be a negative quality. However, they say, getting into a new job depends on how efficiency a job seeker can explain the situation to the recruiter.
As the resume is the first marketing tool of a candidate, making it impeccable should be a priority. Experts opine that one must not hide a short term job in the resume. Instead, he/she must adopt a different way of presenting it. Create the resume in a format were the competencies are given priority than the chronological order of various job stints. This will give more focus on the results he/she has delivered.
Apart from educational qualifications, a person must mention additional courses that he/she completed and the knowledge acquired. Highlighting various achievements, responsibilities during a short span of time in the previous organization can add value to the resume. And it is essential to put a footnote explaining that the person for departure was not on account of the individual’s performance but on account of the recession meltdown.
Once the resume is ready, the next important thing to be kept in focus is the performance during the interview. Experts say that the way in which a person explains a short job stint during an interview is significant. The candidate must emphasize more on the learning from various jobs that he/she has done rather than the number of jobs.
A person must talk constructively during an interview and must show his/her willingness to learn. Also showcasing the learning from the previous organization is vital. Even if the person was not involved with various projects directly, explain what he/she has learned from a mentor or from an in house project or what he/she has picked up during a training period.
During an interview, it is important to display one’s ability for multi tasking and the capability to shoulder more responsibilities. Also, any experience in handling diverse projects in the past, either as an outcome of a summer placement or full time employment must also be mentioned.
Change of job or assignment:
1. Be ready for it – Explain the reasons for your lay off and say how prepared you are for change and to adapt and pick up new things without fear of failure.
2. Willingness to learn — Explain your learning from the previous organization and how you are willing to learn from the new situations and upgrade your knowledge.
3. Your expectations – Explain how you can add value to the company. Say how you intend to make a long stay and high growth career in the organization.
True, it is difficult to tide over a lay off, but it is important to keep your heads up and not lose perspective of the situation. Because prospective employers look for people who are highly motivated and who have a positive attitude.