Dos and Dont's
When looking for a new job, remember these simple do's and don'ts.
- Do: Be honest
- Don't: Embellish or fabricate details, facts or experience.
- Employment Gaps
- Do: Explain these gaps by stating "returned to school," "hep friend start a new business," "traveled," or other reason. If your reason is health related or due to a disability, it is your personal decision whether or not you want to disclose this fact. (Unless your problem prevents you from doing the job safely, it is probably not necessary to disclose.) I the gap is less than one year, don't list it. There is no written rule that says you must account for every month of every year.
- Don't: Leave large gaps or absences in your employment history.
- Do: List these in your skills and accomplishments; they may include qualities useful for the position.
- Don't: Forget to include any activities you may have done during an employment gap.
- Pay Rates
- Do: Use a pay range that reflects the local area.
- Don't: List a specific pay rate.
- Reasons for Leaving
- Do: Use words to describe the situation like "moved," "seasonal employment," or "laid off." However, you should be ready to explain.
- Don't: Use words like "fired" or "let go".
(This information provided by IowaWORKS as a partner of Western Iowa Tech Community College.)