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Job Termination and Your Resume

Job Termination and Your Resume

Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert

Focus on Your Accomplishments

Your goal is to wow your potential employer by highlighting your accomplishments and skills on your resume. Even if hiring managers are wondering why you left a certain employer, your resume should be strong enough for you to receive invitations to interviews in which you can explain your situation in person.

Assess Your Contributions

When updating your resume, it can be difficult to put your emotions aside and write a strong description for the employer that let you go. But this is exactly what you need to do. If you’re stuck, seek the opinions of colleagues who respected your work and ask them about your performance — they might remind you about contributions you’ve made that you took for granted or forgot about. Here are a few questions to ask yourself regarding your performance:

Did you take on responsibilities outside your original position scope? Were you able to juggle multiple projects and duties while maintaining the highest emphasis on quality?

What were your key contributions to your employer? In what ways did you excel at your job, and how did your employer benefit from having you on board? Specific, measurable outcomes of your work have the strongest impact.

Did you go above and beyond the call of duty? How did you contribute to bottom-line results?

What types of challenges did you face? What did you do to overcome these challenges? How did your performance benefit the company?

Have you instigated procedures that improved overall efficiency? Were you known for fast or accurate work output?

Were you part of a team that was recognized with awards or accolades? Did you receive positive commendations by your supervisors (or clients, vendors, coworkers, etc.)?

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