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Re: [SFPCN] How to talk about trainwrecks

From: Maria S.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 10:56 PM
Hi Ricardo,

I think the same goes for terminations as well.  You can always talk about you turned a negative experience into a positive and how you learned and grew from that experience. 

Maria

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM, reilly <[address removed]> wrote:
hi ricardo,

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 was doing
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 assistance.

reilly
[address removed]




From: Ricardo <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, August 10,[masked]:37 AM
Subject: [SFPCN] How to talk about trainwrecks

Hi,

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 story
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.

Thanks.

Ricardo




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