Recruiters: When checking references, if a reference is honest that a no-fault lay-off is why you left the last agency, is that a deal breaker?

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It’s advertising. Everyone gets laid off. Especially if you earn more than $80k

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Shouldn't be a deal breaker, but may vary by company. Fyi, the background check confirms dates and title of previous employment. Some companies may provide why someone left a role; there may be a company policy against it. If so, that should be in the employee handbook. Sometimes the company contracted to perform background checks asks even when it's not required by the company hiring you, but most don't. if they do ask why someone left the company, they'll likely ask if the person is eligible for hire.

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I don’t think they can say you were laid off or fired... they can only confirm whether you worked there.

Maybe not, buy when your references are a bunch of non-HR savyy creatives, you never know what's going to be said.

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