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What to Do When Your Former Employer Is Sending Mixed Messages:

What to Do When Your Former Employer Is Sending Mixed Messages:
From Recruiter - July 22, 2017

A reader recently wrote to me abouta unique situation. They had landed an impressive contract position. Everything was going great for 11 monthsuntil, suddenly, they were let go. The company laid off a large number of people all at the same time. After soliciting feedback, the reader was given a good review and sent on their way.

It wasnt personal. Or was it? Just a few days after being let go, the readers contract job appeared online as an open position. It was the same job at the same company. Then, a friend of the reader was hired at the same company. The readers friend asked what had happened and was told the reader was let go due to poor performance.

How could this be? The reader had never been given any negative feedback.

Since this incident occurred, the reader has had multiple job interviews. This has left them with a difficult question: What should I say in future job interviews if someone asks, Why did you leave the company? How do I honestly answer that without badmouthing anyone?

Reader, let me say first: I am so sorry this happened to you. Being let go is difficult enough. Receiving conflicting messages about it later is even worse.

When you interview, its important to be honest. Its also important to be as accurate as possible. The problem here is the company may not have been honest with you. If there was a performance issue, its possible that your manager avoided their duties by not giving you direct, constructive feedback.



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