/ Asked by Tanya
How do I address being laid off because of company downsizing?
Answered by Torrence, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Great question! As it relates to how to address being laid off due to company downsizing on your resume - that  may be a bit problematic depending on your formatting and overall “feel” you are trying to convey on your resume. This is completely discretionary – however if you do decide to include this information – I would encourage you to share your resume with someone you trust and ask for their honest feedback regarding what their thoughts are after reading it. When it comes to the actual interview – be sure to mention the entire landscape of why the company had to downsize and remain upbeat, accepting and optimistic. You certainly do now want to come across as bitter or pessimistic. Hope that helps!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
there are a couple of ways that you can do so, but all of them entail just being upfront when the question is raised.  You can make a note on your resume indicating that you left the job due to corporate downsizing - not a huge shock in recent years.  You can also just wait until the recruiter asks you about it and then explain what happened.  Unfortunately in this time it is not a shock to an employer that someone has been affected by down-sizing.  By October 2015 the US had announced almost half a million layoffs which was already greater than 2014. 
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, March 24, 2016
Telephone interviews can sometimes be difficult since you can't see the person on the other end of the line and you can't ready their facial expressions or body language. The best way for you to be confident though, is to be prepared. What that means is do your research first. Understand what the role is about, what the company is like through their website and people you can find on LinkedIn who currently work there, and if there is any recent news articles about them. In addition, you need to go over your own information. Be comfortable with your resume; you want to be able to clearly and concisely walk someone through your experiences and transitions in your resume. You also want to practice answering interview questions so that when you are asked something on the phone, you have already thought through what your answer will be. You can also brainstorm ahead of time and write down some notes of experiences in your career which you feel the most proud about, or were pivotal, learning lessons for you. If you are asked a behavioral based question, you will then have your notes available to provide a specific example. Utilizing the above steps as well as taking a few deep breaths, and maybe even a cup of tea to calm your nerves, should help you to feel confident on any phone interview. GOOD LUCK!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, March 24, 2016
You know what?  It happens to everyone in some form or fashion!  Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in trying to figure out how you want to discuss that potentially touchy topic.  Why is it touchy?  Because you probably feel like you have to explain why the company didn't feel like your position was business critical.  So call the ball and talk about it.  Use this opportunity to talk about all the ways you see your experience and how it will make you that much more prepared to be awesome in your next job.  Honesty is key. 

Good luck!
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