Resume Work Experience: Accounting for Special Circumstances Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Resume Sections

Practice with this Resume Work Experience Worksheet to get a feel for addressing certain situations that are not viewed favorably by prospective employers. By completing 10 exercises, you decide how to handle hypothetical situations, which strengthens your job search writing skills if and when similar situations apply to you.

Resume Work Experience: Accounting for Special Circumstances

Instructions

For each of the first five exercises below, read the hypothetical situation. Explain how you would deal with it on your resume if the situation applied to you. For the last five exercises, address how you would handle talking about the situation in an interview.

  • You worked for a company for 10 years. You were laid off because the company went out of business.

  • You were terminated from your job for consistently underperforming and failing to meet deadlines.

  • You are applying for a position that requires 5 years of previous experience. You have four years of experience, but it was eight years ago, right before you started working in the position you now hold, which is not relevant to the position to which you want to apply.

  • The company you worked for downsized, resulting in a layoff of 20 percent of its workforce. You were one of the people who lost their job.

  • You knew you were about to be terminated at your last job, so you walked out and quit before that could happen.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #1? Give a 1-2 sentence example of what you could say to put the experience in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #2? Give a 1-2 sentence example of what you could say to put the experience in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #3? Give a 1-2 sentence example of what you could say to put the experience in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #4? Give a 1-2 sentence example of what you could say to put the experience in a positive light.

  • If you were granted an interview, how would you address the circumstance in exercise #5? Give a 1-2 sentence example of what you could say to put the experience in a positive light.