Changing Job Problem Cases: Should You Be Honest?

There are gaps in your résumé , frequent job changes and maybe even one or two layoffs. That doesn’t necessarily look optimal, but it’s not a big deal either. As long as you have a good reasons.

Here is an overview of the classic problem cases when changing jobs – including a potential justification strategy and motivation to change:

1. Job change due to dismissal :

Unfortunately that happens. In the event of an employer resigning, experts advise laying the cards face up on the table – but without much justification. If the termination was operational, it wasn’t your fault anyway. Was it your fault (e.g. poor performance), say and show – constructively – what you have learned from it and what you can do better in the future. To be honest: it can happen that the chemistry is not right. Even with a change of boss. Stand by it and describe your countermeasures.

2. Too many job changes in a row

Never in a job for more than a few months? Three job changes in the last two years? Overly jumpy applicants seem disoriented. The new employer must fear that he too will only remain an intermezzo. Career starters are granted an orientation phase in the first two years. With increasing professional experience, you should only change jobs no more than every three years. Anyone who wants to justify job hopping must therefore dispel doubts and show that he or she has arrived professionally. Justify the application with a long-term goal with this employer.

Self-resignation :

The question that arises here: Why not apply from a position that has not been terminated and not look for a new job beforehand? Either it was a short-circuit act – or you – by mutual agreement – anticipated an impending dismissal . The same applies here: Never speak negatively about your old employer! Assignment of blame is also taboo. Do not go into details, but also look to the future: You are now pursuing a (new) professional goal. Point.

The basic rule in all of these job change cases is: Honesty lasts the longest. Even if one or the other station is embarrassing if you have made mistakes or have been fired: Use them confidently and constructively. See mishaps as development opportunities – and justify them that way.

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