Dear Experts, One of my former employers is saying I am not eligible for re-hire when contacted by potential employers. How do I handle this in my current job search? Should I be upfront at the interview? If so how do I explain without being negative? Here is how our approved experts answered this question:@juliaericksonQ#177 "Not eligible" sounds like policy; explain that 2 pot emprs & that u have prof'l refs 2 spk 2 ur quals.@louise_fletcherQ#177 Difficult to know what you should say w/o knowing details, but honesty is always the best policy IMO.@ValueIntoWordsQ#177 Agree w/other experts! Esp import 2 coach other references on responses that may nip negative comments in bud.@kgrantcareersQ#177 Agree w @dawnbugni + one thing find 2 ppl from old employer 2 serve as references. This offsets any bad news.@gradversityQ#177 Try to address this with your former employer. Failing that, find a creative way to keep new company from calling old one.@dawnbugniQ#177 Best defense is a good offense. Better to give positive spin up front than let emp. draw own conclusions.@beneubanksQ#177 Be truthful. Even if it hurts short-term, it's worth it in the long term. Don't give TMI unless requested.Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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As a 20-year career coaching veteran who left corporate America and the staffing industry to become an advocate for you, the worker, I have a lot to say about this concept of quiet quitting.
"Quiet Quit" Is Not The Right Term
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @messympath I would NEVER quiet quit, here's why... #nono#quietquitting#quietquittingmyjob#learnontiktok#careeradvice#jobtok#careertiktok#careermode♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
First of all, it's not the right term. If you really want to quiet quit, it's very derogatory, it's very negative, and it implies you're phoning it in. And here's my concern with that. If that's the route you want to go and you want to outwardly give the impression that you're phoning it in, you can't. Because you're a service provider to your employer. They pay you for a service. And if they're in a pinch and they need that service and you're capable of fulfilling that business need while having a checked-out attitude, then everything works fine.
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But if the market changes and your company is in a position to get rid of some people, who are they going to get rid of? The quiet quitters. The ones they don't feel are coming to work with the right attitude or working at the right level.
And that's their prerogative. It's just business.
If you're feeling like you need to quiet quit because your company is taking advantage of you, you need to have a conversation with me about how to set boundaries and work smarter (not harder) while still making your employer happy.
I have worked with lots of women whose definition of success was working 60+ hours a week in corporate America. After having their first baby, they go back to their job and only work 40 hours a week. Then, in their next performance review, they get told their performance was average and they don't get an outstanding rave review, and they're so angry.
In your employer's mind, you took something away. Whether it's right or wrong doesn't matter. That's the perception.
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This is why I'm really worried about all these people who love the idea of quiet quitting. If you don't think it's getting noticed, it is. And if the market shifts, you could see results that you're not happy with.
It's way more important—if you are not feeling good about the environment you're in—to learn how to become what I call a Workplace Renegade. That means an independent thinker, somebody who can figure out the best relationship for them and their company. And if that relationship isn't working for you anymore, then we help you find something else and open up that job for someone who would be happy with it.
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Many candidates who come to us for resume help have the same question. They have years of professional work experience, but a lot of it isn't relevant to the position they're currently seeking.
On the one hand, they don't want to waste resume space detailing work that doesn't relate to their application. On the other hand, they don't want to omit years of work that developed them as a professional.
How do you mention unrelated work experience on your resume?
The Right Phrase
We use a magic phrase to address this issue: "additional experience." It's perfectly fine to sum up large portions of your career in one section that lists previous employers, positions, leadership roles, certifications, associations, publications, awards, volunteer experience, and even significant hobbies (as long as the experience supports your professionalization in some way).
If you spent the first 10 years of your marketing career performing lower-level tasks, in your "Additional Experience" section at the end of your resume you could say: "Marketing positions with ABC, DEF, and XYZ (1990-2000)."
If your previous work was in an unrelated field, you can simply list the companies: "Positions with ABC, DEF, and XYZ."
Whatever additional experience you decide to include on your resume, make sure you demonstrate why it's important to the job you're applying for by quantifying the work experience and your accomplishments.
The Age Game
This technique can also be very helpful for those who are concerned about age discrimination. We summarized the first 15 years of one candidate's career into one sentence to downplay the fact that she was 55. Because her experience was relevant to her field, removing it from her resume entirely would have been a disservice, but we did not include the years that experience encompassed in her "Additional Experience" section.
The Experience Issue
We recently worked with another candidate who needed to show that she was a more experienced professional than her education suggested. This woman had worked for 10 years before going back to complete her bachelor's degree. From looking at her graduation dates, you would assume she was in her 20s. In fact, she was an experienced manager in her 30s—a fact that was important to show for the level of job she was seeking.
By adding an "Additional Experience" section and putting her "Work History" section before her "Education" section, she was able to show employers that her graduation dates were not an indication of how much experience she had. Just because her work experience occurred before graduating doesn't mean it was unrelated work experience. The right resume format will make it much easier to mention any kind of significant work experience you've had in your career.
Many of us have work experience that doesn't fit neatly with our current goals and objectives. If you don't feel comfortable leaving it off your resume altogether, using an "Additional Experience" section can help you mention the experience quickly without wasting precious resume space.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.