ASK HR: If you accept a position in a field other than your current one due to the economy, will it be a blemish on your resume?

A. It is unlikely that this would be looked upon negatively and, more often than not, will be considered a positive. Many employers understand this situation, especially in a recession and if the position is held for a short duration. Furthermore, this ability demonstrates flexibility to an employer and shows that you are continuing to expand your skills. — Cay Gliebe, VP, Sales and Marketing, Northgate Arinso

A: Anytime the economy has seen a tremendous downturn and the workforce is hit with enormous amounts of closings and layoffs, employers should expect to receive resumes with variations in employment history. Regardless of how these variations are viewed on a resume, it challenges the individual to be creative in explaining and tying their present experience with past experiences, while reflecting their dedication and willingness to maintaining employment and learning new skills. — Ronald Miranda, HR Manager with Aldeasa A.J.V


A: It’s no secret that jobs have been scarce, so future employers should be more open-minded to those candidates who must take a position temporarily outside their career path. What’s important is that the individual remains active and, if possible, finds a job that complements the skills needed in his chosen field and allows him to demonstrate enhanced abilities. — Margaret Hintz, Team Manager for Administaff in Atlanta

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15 comments Add your comment


July 8th, 2010
5:04 pm

Is it true that hiring managers automatically disqualify unemployed job applicants, with the weight of disqualification bearing more so on those who are the longer-term employed, despite stellar qualifications?

"to no fault of my own"

June 10th, 2010
11:20 pm

Is it true that HR will allow an investigation into the financial situation of an employee before a lay off to determine if the employee is in a position to waive a separation agreement and preserve his right to file a complaint with the EEOC?


March 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

I agree that illegals should learn English but if an employer hires them or only hires employees that speak Spanish then blame them, not the illegal trying to get work. Too many times anger is directed at these people when they are just pawns to big business.

Boogers in your hair

March 16th, 2010
10:05 am

Speak English or stay away. We dont want you or need you so KissAss!


March 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

I kind of agree…If you want to move to this country, the least you can do is to learn our native language. I have thought the same thing…I see lots of jobs there that I think I could do except for one thing—they say that you need to be fluent in Spanish as well as in English! I don’t mind learning another language but that is beside the point. Either learn English or get out of here!