CHICAGO (CBS)– As CBS 2 continues Working for Chicago, we’re working with a career coach every week to bring you advice about looking for and landing a job.
This week Lynee Alves, president of Interview Like An Expert, dives into the best ways to address being laid off and big gaps in employment during an interview.READ MORE: Naperville District 203 Among Suburban High Schools Dealing With Spikes In COVID-19
“They best way to address a layoff, if you’re asked about it in a job interview, is to address it head on, be direct, short succinct and to the point,” Alves said.READ MORE: Loretto Hospital Gets COVID Vaccine Again, Following Controversy Over Non-Eligible People Getting Shots
Alves says your employment gap explanation should not divulge too much information. After your brief explainer, focus on why you’re choosing to re-enter the workforce now.MORE NEWS: Uber Reminding Riders Masks Are Still Required; Mask Enforcement Tips Sent To Drivers
“By being direct and not dwelling on details when you address a layoff in an interview, it demonstrates to an employer that you’ve got a forward thinking attitude, that you are focused on the positive and you’re demonstrating resilience which is such an important quality in the workplace these days,” She said.