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When I start interviewing post-layoff, how do I explain my departure date? Firm doesn't tell prospective employers WHY I left if they call for background checks, just when- so I can spin the why.

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I've been flirting with saying I left because I wanted to focus on finding a new role because I realized consulting wasn't a fit (have a few reasons for this that don't say anything negative about the company/industry) and didn't want to half-ass my consulting job in the meantime.

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You can always say it wasn't a good fit, you didn't like the travel, wanted a different direction with more pay

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Another option is to just say I was laid off in a manner that had no reflection on me.

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If they get nosey, which can be illegal in some instances, just insist you left because it was not a good fit for you.

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You never have to say you were laid off. The firm reports your employment date and can't say why you left. Just say you wanted to make the switch to industry or out of the culture. So option one, I concur.

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Everyone knows about the layoffs happening across the board in advisory. You won't be fooling anyone, just be upfront. Laid off, not fired.

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Go home PwC 3. You're drunk.

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Go with the first one. I'm on the same boat and was told to never say you were laid off, say you left on your own accord

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Yeah was wondering in case you'd heard more about it than I had. At my firm it's all very hush hush and I've only encountered people with the same experience at my firm through fishbowl so there hasn't been too much knowledge share yet. Thanks thugh

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Tell them you were laid off along with a number of other people in your group. No, don't say that you left on your own to pursue something else. That's going to sound outlandishly fishy; almost nobody up and leaves a job without having something else lined up if they can avoid it. The stigma associated with being laid off/losing your job is not where near as great as many of you are making it out to be.

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Fwiw I've lost my job before and was very upfront about being laid off. Also, it's not necessary to go into a lot of detail here. Just say that your group was restructured and lots of positions were eliminated, etc. also someone above suggested saying "I was laid of in a way that's not reflective of my ability." Don't say this, you're drawing more attention to your layoff than need be, and srsly, even if you got laid off because of a low reciew, why would you bring that up? Of course you want to say it's not reflective of your ability

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3rd is to say that I took some time off for a personal issue and then decided to leave and look elsewhere. Please vote or share any suggestions you have

Thanks guys. Glad to hear a solid no on the laid off answer. If you've already been interviewing, have you had any follow up questions probing why you chose to leave (or general suspicion) and be unemployed vs. recruiting while working like everyone else?

Do you think the fact would significantly lower your chances against a candidate who is still employed, all other things equal?

I have no clue, I'm in the same boat as you. I think if your resume speaks for itself, it shouldn't matter

FYI when they do call for employment verification companies pending on the state but in most are allowed to ask would they rehire you. I don't know about who left who but there are some allowed questions.

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I'd love to hear some thoughts from people who've been on the hiring side of this situation

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