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open thread – Could 31, 2024 — Ask a Supervisor

In 2020, my firm, Dunder Mifflin, was purchased out by one other firm, Sabre. I used to be working for Dunder Mifflin within the paper airplane division and had labored there since 2017. A few yr later, the management in Sabre’s paper airplane division determined to merge the 2 departments. A yr after that, the division did some restructuring, which led to my position being eradicated. So far as I do know, my position was the one one which was affected by this restructuring, however different roles had been eradicated and different layoffs occurred between the merger between the businesses and the elimination of my position. There have additionally been different layoffs and position eliminations there since I left, largely up to now yr or so, however I don’t know what induced these layoffs.

I used to be given six weeks’ discover earlier than my position was formally eradicated to provide me time to seek out one other job. I labored by way of the entire discover interval however discovered a job at Michael Scott Paper Firm, which allowed me to keep away from having a niche in employment- my final day at Dunder Mifflin was on a Friday and I began at Michael Scott Paper the next Monday. I made a decision at the moment that, since there can be no hole in employment, I might inform future interviewers that I left voluntarily for a greater job. I even requested the HR supervisor, Holly, if she might put it on the books (which means within the HRIS system) that I resigned voluntarily. She stated she can be keen to do this however I don’t know if she did. It’s firm coverage to not disclose causes for leaving to exterior events, however this was extra of a “CYA” type of factor for me.

After about 3 months of working at Michael Scott Paper I made a decision to begin wanting elsewhere as I wasn’t glad there for a number of causes. At the moment, I used to be telling interviewers that I left Dunder Mifflin voluntarily for a greater job. I ended up touchdown a job at my present firm, Athlead, after solely six months of working at Michael Scott Paper.

I’ve not too long ago began interviewing once more however have reverted to telling interviewers concerning the layoff at Dunder Mifflin when requested why I left there. The rationale I modified my thoughts is to not give off the looks of job hopping since I used to be solely at Michael Scott Paper for six months. Once they ask why I left there, I merely say that Athlead was providing higher compensation and advantages, which is true however not solely why I left.

Most interviewers don’t ask additional questions concerning the layoff at Dunder Mifflin, however I had an interview yesterday that made me assume the recruiter was attempting to find out if the layoff was in any means my fault, which it wasn’t. A few of the follow-up questions included what number of others have been laid off and, once I acknowledged that layoffs had occurred after I left, she requested in the event that they have been really layoffs or if folks simply left. I don’t assume these are dangerous questions in and of themselves, however I assume the truth that I needed to talk about it intimately in any respect had me bowled over. After I initially determined that I might inform interviewers the transfer was voluntary, I knew that the majority interviewers would perceive if I had been laid off however that there can be the occasional interviewer who may attempt to discover out if I used to be at fault for it with out straight asking that.

I’m pondering it’s finest to proceed to inform interviewers concerning the layoff at Dunder Mifflin, when requested and solely when requested. That stated, I’m unsure how I ought to really feel or what I ought to inform interviewers who ask a bunch of follow-up questions on it.

I might love to listen to a few of your ideas about this and the way I ought to strategy it on a go-forward.

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