Should I Admit That I was Laid Off?
Yes. When it comes to explaining separation from a company, it is always best to tell the truth. There is NO SHAME in being downsized- none. In fact, most medical managers understand that there are circumstances where good people are laid off due to no fault of their own. In fact, many of the best candidates are riffed from a company because they are top of the line producers and the company cannot afford them! It is true. And many startup companies recruit the very best sales reps to drive revenues, and it is not the sales reps’ fault that said startup company goes out of business or is acquired. But it is how the candidate handles the termination which can make all the difference in the world. Here are some tips;
1.) Never say that the separation “was mutual,” and yet you received a severance.
Not too many companies will pay a severance if a sales rep leaves voluntarily. If you were terminated just say you were terminated. A hiring manager will respect you for your honesty.
2.) Never say that you had a disagreement with your former boss- even if it is true.
Your anger will be self evident- in facial contortions, voice inflexion, and long winded explanations. Just say that your manager was a great manager, and you had philosophical differences as to the nuances of the job. But unless the hiring manager does not press you for an explanation- try to move on. If not, be as diplomatic as possible.
3.) Never bad mouth your previous company
Always explain that it was a pleasure to work there- the people were great, the products awesome, you hated leaving it, etc. Show that you can maintain a good attitude despite bad circumstances.
4.) Be positive. It is not the end of the world.
Have confidence, and be positive. Do not let your face and eyes fall. Show that manager a bright and sunny disposition. Tell that manager that you are either going to get a job with that company, or the other three companies you are interviewing with right now. Create a demand. Do not come across as damaged goods. Managers LOVE people who can rebound!
5.) Finally- keep the Faith!
Someone is always looking out for you. And He will lead you to where you should be in life. Trust in HIM. And remember, termination is not the end- it is the BEGINNING!