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Old 09-05-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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So I'm getting let go of from my current company and my last day is tomorrow. I would prefer to avoid explaining my job loss (budget reasons) if possible so I'm considering speaking about my job duties in the present tense for applications I plan to send out, as well as in interviews I may schedule for the rest of the month. Next month, I would list September 2013 as the end date on my résumé when applying for jobs. I'm wondering how in depth employers go when running a background check. I heard that they only see months, not specific dates. Is that true?
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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i doubt this would be an issue. and i'm usually a stickler for honesty in application materials.

i mean, if you have a fantastic interview tomorrow and you tell them you can start immediately, they are going to get a clue that you're not employed. in fact you should make it clear, because otherwise you look like you're flaking on your current employer. but it's such a tiny amount of time, they'd have to be incredibly nitpicky to make an issue of it.

i do think they can find out your exact end date. most background checks are just done by calling former employers and asking them employment dates. and the former employer certainly could give a month and day. but again, it would take a real jerk to get in a snit over you misrepresenting your end date by a few weeks, especially if you're open and honest about it in the interview (of course you will have the opportunity to address it when they ask you why you're leaving your current job). and it sounds like you're planning to be.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:14 PM
 
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You will get an even better response, if you put an end date. Some companies will not consider your application, if you are still employed with a client or vendor.

Why can I never get another job until I quit?
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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i doubt this would be an issue. and i'm usually a stickler for honesty in application materials.

i mean, if you have a fantastic interview tomorrow and you tell them you can start immediately, they are going to get a clue that you're not employed. in fact you should make it clear, because otherwise you look like you're flaking on your current employer. but it's such a tiny amount of time, they'd have to be incredibly nitpicky to make an issue of it.

i do think they can find out your exact end date. most background checks are just done by calling former employers and asking them employment dates. and the former employer certainly could give a month and day. but again, it would take a real jerk to get in a snit over you misrepresenting your end date by a few weeks, especially if you're open and honest about it in the interview (of course you will have the opportunity to address it when they ask you why you're leaving your current job). and it sounds like you're planning to be.
I do have two interviews already lined up, but I want to tell them I'm still employed so I can ask for two weeks whenever I get an offer. I'm super burnt out and would like a break from working. Of course, by next month I will have had a few weeks off already so I'll probably be eager to start right away.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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you can ask for 2 weeks regardless. just tell them your preferred start date, you don't need to explain why you need it. generally pushing back your start date a week or 2 is not going to be a huge thing. if they find out you blatantly lied (and you really would have to if you are going to pretend you're still employed in the interview and not just on your resume), it could potentially be a much bigger deal.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Why wouldn't you want to explain the reason for the layoff? Employers might be more sympathetic to your reason. It's not your fault the company couldn't manage their budget! In the meantime, have you filed for unemployment?
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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Why wouldn't you want to explain the reason for the layoff? Employers might be more sympathetic to your reason. It's not your fault the company couldn't manage their budget! In the meantime, have you filed for unemployment?
Unfortunately, I was a freelancer so I am not eligible for unemployment.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:01 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Unfortunately, I was a freelancer so I am not eligible for unemployment.
Ah, me too! Hope you find something soon. Sux to be in that position!
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:50 PM
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So I'm getting let go of from my current company and my last day is tomorrow. I would prefer to avoid explaining my job loss (budget reasons) if possible so I'm considering speaking about my job duties in the present tense for applications I plan to send out, as well as in interviews I may schedule for the rest of the month. Next month, I would list September 2013 as the end date on my résumé when applying for jobs. I'm wondering how in depth employers go when running a background check. I heard that they only see months, not specific dates. Is that true?

Nothing wrong with mentioning you loss your job due to budget reasons as long you explain what you learned while you were there and how it will help you in the job you are trying to get.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:30 AM
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I would prefer to avoid explaining my job loss (budget reasons)
I wouldn't avoid that at all. Be upfront with them. I think most folks understand that in this troubling times. besides, what happens next month?

My wife hired for her company and one of the things she always tells me is that when she asks why they are no longer with the company, sometimes it's how they explain it that makes all the difference. One example she gave was that a woman was very up front with her and said she and her boss did not get along; they just clashed. She didn't blame him, but she also didn't take responsibility. When my wife called for a refernce, the lady got a good reference.

Another case had a man answering the same question. She said it was like he was not expected to get asked that question, so he hemmed and hawed and spoke for a minute, but never really answered the question. She didn't bother calling for a reference.

I was in a similiar situation when I was laid off and I was just up front with them. Luckily, in my case, the layoffs made the news, so it made sense to my new employer and I got the job.

In closing, be honest with them; they can usually tell when you aren't.
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