Denver Résumé Writer in Denver Colorado
 
I recently had a conversation with a favorite client of mine on updating a résumé we had written 3 years ago. He had an impeccable sales record and had been a loyal employee for twenty some years. Suddenly he finds himself out of work. 

Well, the résumé update dialogue was easy. However, during our discussion, it became clear he was bitter about how he had been treated at a particular past company, which resulted in only a 6 month stay. So his original question: "Should I leave that company short stay off the résumé?"

During our discussion on the résumé update, he would abruptly interject how he had been misled by this sales manager and eventually let go even though he had been a good producer. As it turns out, the entire sales force had been terminated because the newly created department in the company was unprepared for the launch and it had failed through no fault of my client. But he still couldn't get over the fact that he was lied to and let go. His ego was damaged. He was convinced, as a result of his strained relationship with that sales manager, he would probably get a bad review and, and, and on and on and on about how it was unfair and, and, and....

First of all, leave that 6 month job ON the résumé. It was a highly regarded company and even though it was a short stay, the experience was good and enhanced his experience. As opposed to 6 month gap, that would have been worse since he had had another gap earlier on in his career.

Next, and probably more important, he had to realize he needed to let the venom go of his dismissal. How he was holding the feelings of the way he was terminated was oozing from his pores. All his impressive accomplishments were being over shadowed by his bitterness.

After all there was a valid reason why he was let go. In this case, the ENTIRE department was terminated, a blood bath. Everyone knows these stories of wholesale dismissals and recognize how good people get caught up in the bathwater. Interviewers do also.

DO NOT get into the weeds as to how unfairly you have been treated; move on. The more effort to "right-the-wrong" on a résumé or in an interview only instigates more interview questioning on a dark blemish to an otherwise brilliant career.

If questioned about a blemish on your résumé, be prepared with a “SHORT” fluent, without hesitation, stumbling or hem-haws, answer. Put an emphatic period at the end of the answer. Then follow it up, while you still have the floor, with a positive forward looking statement as to how you will be a positive and effective producer for your next company.

Let the venom go!

Happy hunting, Chet