This wasn’t supposed to happen. You endured a job search, went through the interview process, landed a new position and got to work. Now here you are again, unemployed and looking. Leaving or being let go from a brand-new job raises many questions. Should you list the position on your resume? What about LinkedIn? What can you tell other people, especially those who served as references in your most recent job search?
It’s Usually Better to Exclude the Job from Your Resume
In most cases, it will be to your advantage to avoid listing the recently ended job on your resume. There are several reasons for this. First, a potential employer may reach out to the company in question to verify employment and conduct a reference check. If the situation ended in a way that reflects badly on you, any potential reference may undermine your chances of being hired. In addition, including the position on your resume will likely lead to a discussion of that job during the interview process. Regardless of whether you left voluntarily or were let go, the experience is unlikely to appear attractive to a potential employer.
A possible exception to this would be a position at a well-known company which ended due to significant changes in market conditions or factors that were clearly unrelated to your personal performance. For example, the 9/11 terror attacks triggered a massive slowdown in the airline industry, leading to widespread layoffs.
The Same Thing Goes for LinkedIn
Generally speaking, recent employment is an extremely important part of your LinkedIn Profile. It showcases your most current skills and experience. But this is true only if the recent position qualifies as a “success story.” When conducting a job search, you want the focus to be on your accomplishments, not on your struggles. As mentioned above, there are few, if any benefits of listing a short-term, unsuccessful position on either your resume or your LinkedIn profile.
In any event, your resume and LinkedIn profile should be in agreement with each other. Mismatching dates, or recent positions that appear on one but not the other, can be red flags to potential employers because they are ambiguous and suggest a lack of transparency. Having your resume extend farther back in time than your LinkedIn profile, or vice-versa, is acceptable, such as a resume that extends back 10 years and a LinkedIn profile that extends back 15 years.
Tell People the Objective Truth, Not an Emotional Story
It is natural to experience a range of emotions when a job does not work out. Frustration, fear, and resentment are normal human emotions in response to stress. Close friends and family will support you in this process, and you can share your feelings with them.
From a job hunting perspective, try to separate facts from emotion in conversation or correspondence with acquaintances and networking contacts. For example, “Those people are idiots who have no idea how to run a business” is an opinion which may or may not be true. Try to avoid storytelling, opinion-making and judgment when speaking of the experience to people outside your inner circle. Reach out to each of your references individually to let them know that you are once again job hunting and to thank them in advance for their assistance. “The position was not a good fit for me” is a mature, professional, non-emotional statement that will serve nicely for this purpose.
The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.