How to explain being laid off.

It is nearly a guarantee that during your next interview the employer will ask questions to determine the reasons for ANY amount of time when you weren't employed, and this includes when/if you were laid off.

It’s important to first reassure them that your lay off was in no way a result of your productivity. It's a great idea to also be prepared to explain any circumstances at your organization that caused your layoff.

In the case of Lowe’s it was outsourcing certain roles and cutting others entirely. Many layoffs occur mainly due to business-wide decisions, not specific performance issues so be sure to mention that in your response.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:

-When you are explaining why you were laid off keep it to 1-2 sentences.

-Maintain a positive tone as you describe your previous employer and place of employment. NEVER speak negatively about either!

-Be honest in your response, since the company may decide to check in with your former employer on the circumstances behind the layoff.

-Update your resume with all the skills and experiences you gained before the layoff. Now is the time, so when employers wonder what you’ve been up to in your previous job your resume should paint a clear picture!

Have questions? Please ask!

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