Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 4, 2016
I believe that you are referring to how to navigate the fact that you were laid off from your previous role when discussing returning to another previous employer. If this is the case, the best approach is always to be honest and up front about it. Acknowledge it, and try to move past it as quickly as you can. Do not say anything negative about the employer that laid you off. This could be a red flag for your new potential employer. There is nothing unusual about someone losing their job for economic reasons in the last decade. Approach it similarly to this - 'XYZ company was a great company and I liked what I was doing there, but unfortunately, business and economic conditions for them were very difficult and I happened to in a part of the business that was impacted by this'.