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Handling a Termination/Demotion Situation in Resume


Anytime you take a lateral or backward step in your career — and many do, you have to be prepared with a story to explain your logic in making that move. So, your first step is to develop that story. Why did you choose not to leave back then? What have you gained from staying these two years? You do not need to be brutally honest with your story, but you do need to have a positive spin on the outcome. Just remember to never say bad things about current or past employer in your story. You can say you had a difference of opinion, but you never want to go any further. Any job-seeker who says something negative about a former boss or company is often pretty quickly eliminated from consideration. Second, focus on your accomplishments from all your previous work experiences. One of the weaknesses of many resumes I see is a lack of results. And whenever possible, quantify those accomplishments. Third, sharpen the focus of your resume. All resumes need to clearly define what the job-seeker can do as well as what s/he wants to do.