If you get laid off somewhere, can you list that on your resume?

Technically the firm that laid you off may have done so because of budget cuts so it still counts as work experience.

However the person in question worked 1 year as a consultant over there right after Uni, and has worked no job for 3 years since then.

So not sure if she counts as having no experience or some experience.


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Put it on your resume. It looks worse if you have an employment gap. They'll probably ask you about any gaps, and the reason you left your last job anyway.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Being laid off happens. Its not going to affect you negatively. They just have to explain that there were budget cuts and unfortunately they were laid off as a result. Most companies will understand that and it will not affect the applicant negatively.

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What Guys Said 1

  • You should list all work experience longer than the standard probation/trainee period in your country/state.
    Don't mention the circumstances of your leave, regardless of what they are.

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What Girls Said 1

  • Sure, it's still experience. I wouldn't use them as a reference but I would definitely list them. For the time when you didn't work, list volunteer experience, skills you learned, or education.

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