Be the Boss Over Cancer

While I was out having a bone marrow transplant, my position with my employer was eliminated. They kept my employment status as employed for approximately another year before laying me off. Therefore, on my resume, I state my dates of employment as the date I was hired to the date I was was involuntarily terminated (This is what my former employer told me to do). When potential new employers call my former employer to verify my employment, my former employer verifies my dates of employment BUT they also state my the last day that I worked (one year before I was involuntarily terminated). This obviously raises a red flag in the mind on any potential employer. Do you have any suggestions on how I should address this in my resume (before an interview and before any verification of employment)or during an interview? I don't like bring up "just in case" scenarios with potential employers because it looks like I might be hiding something but if I don't bring it up and they find it out, then there is no way to go back and explain it. They may think that I was trying to hide something.

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  • Julie Jansen

    Julie Jansen on Jul 6, 2010

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Bridget,

    Is there anyway that you can talk with your previous employer and ask them to verify the end date of your employment as the last date they considered you an employee rather then the last day you worked? You may have already tried this and if so I would put the last day you worked on your resume rather then the last official day of record. I know that this makes you look as if you have been unemployed longer then you would like however the truth is that really your last day of employment is when you stopped working.

    Another option is that when you give a potential employer your list of references, you explain this there.

    I don't think it's as big of an issue as you do especially if you are candid about the situation. I agree that you don't want to mention the seeming indescrepancy in dates until you have to.

    Best wishes,


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