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Job seekers should offer legitimate explanations of why they're unemployed

Job search coaches practice what they teach — we network with each other to keep you up to speed. • Read what Revi Goldwasser says about job searching in today's economy. Revi is the author of Secrets from a Wall Street Recruiter.

If you quit your present job, Revi says:

"Any job seeker that quits a position without first securing a new role is asking for both eyebrows to be raised by recruiters and hiring managers. In today's tough job market, why would you resign from your job when it's so hard to find a new one? Employers and recruiters look at this type of professional as one who has poor judgment, has a slight 'ego,' and basically, doesn't think 'ahead.' Make sure you have a legitimate reason for doing this, like you wanted to be proactive to give yourself 24/7 to look for a new job, or you moved to a new city, or your spouse was transferred."

If you were fired, not laid off, Revi says:

"Well — what can I say — not good. If you were actually fired from your position, I personally recommend you consider a brand new profession. It is very difficult to secure a new role when you were fired in today's climate. If this is you, consider a new industry or profession, or otherwise, stick with your personal network — those who really trust you and know you well enough to get you into new interviews. Consider applying to very small companies."

If you were laid off, or terminated, but not fired, Revi says:

"Most of the job seekers in today's marketplace have been laid off. This is the natural reason so many of you are looking for work. The good news is that this is not going to personally reflect on you. It's one thing if the whole department was shut down — but what if you were the only one laid off? Be prepared to answer questions as to how many in your group were let go. If you were the only one, explain why (I was the last hire; I was paid the highest in the group; I volunteered; we had two previous layoffs before this one)."

Marvin Walberg is a job search coach.

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