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Surviving a Layoff & Showing Layoffs and Downsizing on the Resume

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Do you have questions about job layoffs when it comes to writing a resume? Surviving a layoff and then getting another job can be dicey. Learn how to show layoffs and downsizing on a resume.


Questions about job layoffs and downsizing on the resume?

Oh my... getting laid off, downsized or fired is not a fun experience... and it gets worse when you go to get another job and have to figure out what to say on your resume and cover letter. Do you admit that you lost your job because you just didn't measure up somehow? Is there any way at all to put a positive spin on things?

These and similar questions have been crossing my desk for years. And it's only gotten worse since the recession hit a few years ago. Seems even people with great qualifications, work experience and positive work records are losing jobs in ever bigger numbers, as companies go under, merge or move to places where workers will work for lower salaries.

So it seemed to make sense to create a new category on my Ask the Expert part of the site, just for people in these situations. So, if you have questions along these lines, then this is the place for you!

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However, there are already hundreds of questions here on the site. So I'm fairly certain you can find an answer here that will fit most any situation. You can certainly scan the category pages to look for relevant topics, but even quicker might be to use our Site Search function.

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Other Questions People Have Asked About Layoffs and Downsizing

Click below to see more questions from other visitors to this page about being laid off, downsized or fired, along with my expert answers. Clicking on the Comments link at the end of a question page may provide even more info or input.

Is there any special format for reapplying to a former employer after a company wide layoff? 
I was laid off last year when the entire corporation downsized due to the economy. Things are now picking up, and there is a chance my job will be reinstated. …

How Do I Say That I Was Let Go for a Trumped Up Reason? 
I worked for a non-profit organization that has a very high turnover rate. Their practices with employees were very unethical. I was let go for emailing …

I was laid off from my last job in February after only being there 6 months. 
It was a small non profit organization and they told me it was because they didn't have enough funds to keep me and two other employees and promised me …

How Do I Show a Layoff & Rehire in My Resume? 
My position at the company I work for now was cut and I was laid off in March. I was hired back on in August. I worked for a Landscaping business from …

How do I discuss my being fired from a 10 year position in an interview?  
I was not laid off, I was fired for doing something wrong. I worked in this position and with this company for almost 10 years. I cannot think of a positive …

How do I explain that I was the only layoff at the company? 
I worked for a company for 6 years in an order desk/office assistant position. It was family owned and mid-sized (10 in the office and 60 in production …

Should I include unrelated employment on a resume targeted toward a specific job? 
I have a background in one career field and changed to a completely different field. I am now back in my original career field and need to submit a resume …

How do I explain a layoff for insufficient work product? 
That was the reason I was told, although I have 10 years experience and am good at what I do. Clients were always very happy with my work. I suspect another …

How can I state in a positive way that I lost my job when the jobs were sent overseas? 
I lost my job of 6 years in November 2009 due to the company being purchased by a company in India. As a result of the purchase my department was released …

How should I include a job on my resume that I was fired from? 
I was fired from my last job as a cashier. It doesn't make sense. My co-workers told me that the manager just wanted me out. I've since seen 4 of my …


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