Nothing seems to interrupt a resume like a layoff. The premature termination of cooperation often has a negative connotation and is unpleasant for many people. Even with the first application after termination, this unpleasant feeling is usually still present. In this article, we will give you tips and assistance on how to make your application positive and convincing despite the fact that you have been laid off.
- The most important things in a nutshell
- Application after termination – Always remain honest
- Application after termination on the part of the employer
- Application after own termination
- Application after termination: Which sample makes sense?
- Application after termination – the job interview
- Short and to the point: Application after termination
The most important things in a nutshell:
- An application after a dismissal should always be open and honest about the subject and never conceal the previous dismissal.
- If you have given notice yourself, you can mention this. However, you should never make negative comments about your old employer.
- If you have been terminated, you should give a reason – such as a restructuring in the company or different ideas about your position.
- Concentrate on positive aspects in your cover letter and resume when applying for a job after termination and do not focus on the termination.
- In the interview, answer the questions about the termination in a calm and level-headed manner. Stay positive and optimistic, and look forward to the future.
Application after termination – Always remain honest
The most important thing in an application after resignation is honesty. You should neither suppress nor distort a previous dismissal, but deal with it neutrally and without emotion. However much you may have been affected by the situation, your potential employer knows nothing about it. For you as an applicant, this is a chance to start over again.
Much more important than the reasons or circumstances why you were dismissed is the way you handle it. From this, the recruiter can conclude whether you have the necessary professionalism and suitability of character.
Deliberately making false statements in an application can be construed as serious deception. This in turn may result in termination without notice.
Application after dismissal by the employer
Notice of termination can be given either by you as the employee or by the employer. The respective reasons for termination of employment can vary greatly. However, if the employer terminates the contract, a distinction must be made between termination through no fault of your own and termination through your own fault. You should communicate both options honestly and openly.
Termination without fault
In the better case of a termination by the employer, your job loss had nothing to do with you, but was the result of restructuring, downsizing or even insolvency. However, you should only state the exact reason explicitly if you are sure and it corresponds to the facts – for example, in the case of a dismissal for operational reasons.
If the termination was your own fault, you should not try to wiggle out of it or even talk disparagingly about the old employer. Instead, remain objective and use phrases such as "amicable separation" or "professional reorientation" in your application.
Even if the termination is associated with strong negative emotions, you should leave them out of your application. The personnel manager or the potential new employer has no knowledge of this history and would perceive such emotional lapses negatively.
Application after own resignation
In principle, it is easier to apply for a job after a dismissal if you have terminated the previous employment relationship at your own request. However, it makes every recruiter curious if you yourself have resigned without having already secured a new position.
You do not have to explicitly mention the reasons for your resignation in your job application, but it is likely that you will be asked about this in the job interview at the latest. There you should not give the impression that you fled from the old employer or felt overwhelmed there.
Application after termination: Which sample makes sense?
An application after a termination is not much different from a regular application. As a rule, you simply point out that you are in an employment relationship whose end has already been determined or that it has already been terminated. In both cases, this should be mentioned in the cover letter and also in the CV – but not much more than that. A cover letter would be structured something like this:
Structure of the application
Introduction – Motivation
Attract attention with your skills, knowledge and experience and tell why you are applying for exactly this position in exactly this company.
Main part – self-promotion
List your competencies and mention successful projects as well as experience in team and personnel responsibility.
Company reference – added value
Explain why you would be the best choice for the company and why the company is interesting for you.
Final part – Appointment presentation
Mention here only briefly when your old employment ends and from when you would be available for the new employer.
You can also be very brief in your resume. In chronological resumes, you should focus on the successes in the last company and show only by the end point that there is a termination. If you are already unemployed, then it is best to formulate your unemployment in your CV as "job-seeking with the aim of professional reorientation".
Application after termination – the job interview
Even if you only vaguely touched on the reasons for your resignation in the application, this topic will come up again in the interview. Even then, the most important thing is that you should remain honest and objective, and as rational and calm as possible. Always put the positive first and show that you prefer to look forward instead of backward.
- If you are still working but have already given notice yourself, start with your successes at the company and justify the desire to change with better prospects at the new employer.
- If you are a job seeker and have been dismissed through no fault of your own, then also start with the positive aspects of your job and feel free to express regret. At the same time, though, you’re excited to be able to bring your commitment to the new company.
- If you were fired without structural reasons, then formulate the reasons without anger or similar emotions, but with a view to economic concerns of the ex-company. Also, try to show that you have learned something from the misunderstandings with the old employer.
In a nutshell: applying for a job after being laid off
Writing an application after a resignation and conducting a subsequent interview is often fraught with uncomfortable feelings. Look at the matter rationally and mention only what is necessary at first. Never undercut the notice, however. In the interview, you should be honest, but formulate the reasons for the termination as factually as possible and point out with optimistic words the new opportunity that is offered to you by the job change.
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