first, congrats on getting a phone interview! it means either
your resume or your network or both are working!
in regards to your question about periods of unemployment,
i have found it valuable to view my periods of unemployment
from a positive perspective. first, i would not view this as a
"trainwreck" (from the subject of your email). there were
wonderful opportunities to explore--both personally and
professionally. i would change "How to talk about trainwrecks"
to "How to talk about periods of exploration".
the second thing that has helped me is to realized that
the interviewer just wants to know what i
PROFESSIONALLY. it took me a while to learn that one.
although i have done a great deal during these periods,
when being interviewed for a job i started to focus on
the professional things i have learned: i took classes
(salesforce and html), i learned about linkedin and twitter,
i joined a professional group.(BayAPLN).
once i changed my attitude (from trainwreck to exploration)
and changed my focus (from personal to professional)
i found it easier to answer the question: "so what did
you do during . . . ."
regarding terminations, i am not experienced so i may be
overreaching to suggest anything beyond trying to spin
it in a positive direction.
i hope that is of
From: Ricardo <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, August 10,[masked]:37 AM
Subject: [SFPCN] How to talk about trainwrecks
I have a phone interview tomorrow (yay!).
My last one didn't go as well as it might have on a couple of
questions regarding terminations and two long periods of unemployment.
I'm still unclear and undecided on how to approach it and what
to tell. I'm wondering whether there is somebody out there with some
HR experience or a similar story with tips or opinions or referrals or
links on how to handle it, who has a moment today or tomorrow morning.
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