Resign or Redundant?

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Resign or Redundant?

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Kirsty asks: Is it better on CV to resign from a job, or to be made redundant? I am considering changing my job but I think I might be made redundant in the next three months. Do future employers prefer to see ‘resigned from previous job’ or ‘made redundant from previous job’ on CV?

In answer:
Firstly, you never mention the reason for leaving any job on your CV! That is a job interview question, and not a statement for a CV.

However, accepting that either employers will ask or undertake employee background checks on you, the preference in the eyes of the prospective employer would be:

  • Head hunted
  • Applied and got another job
  • Made redundant
  • Resigned (without anther job to go to)
  • Sacked

Some where in there also goes retired on medical grounds, but that depends on the nature of the affliction. Recovering from a major medical issue can often be seen by corporate employers as a positive experience they like: those who recover often have extreme determination and high focus

Why did you leave?

The main question any employer will have for your existing a previous job is why? Answer that well any reason can be handled positively in a job application.

Therefore, in answer to your question, it is better to be made redundant than to resign from a job. New employers are very wary of those who walk out of jobs, whereas redundancy (although not always) means the company had no choice but to let you go.

If you were a very poor performer, the company would not go down the redundancy route but would sack you. Redundancy at present does not have the stigma that it did 12months ago, with employers think ing it is “normal:” resigning in this economic climate without a job to go to sets alarm bells ringing!

If you have already resigned, but lie in your job application that you were made redundant, then the company could on discovering that immediately sack you, on grounds of gross misconduct.

Good Luck!

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