I was hired for a hospitality job in January, let go in March due to the pandemic, and rehired in July. Do I need to put the period of unemployment on my resume?
There is one hard and fast rule when it comes to resumes that must be observed 100 percent of the time: Never lie. So, unless your employer furloughed you instead of actually terminating you, or unless your employer is willing to bridge the gap and let you claim service continuation, then you should put on your resume the period of unemployment. When you think of it, there really is no reason to hide the fact that you were laid off anyway. You and millions of other people lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Everyone understands. You were one of the lucky ones though because your employer quickly called you back. This is a positive fact that you can use to your benefit when you tell your story — that you were one of the first people rehired.
I worked well with my co-worker when we were in the office, but now that we are remote, not so much. She has become really slow, and never answers e-mails. I’m not her boss, and I don’t want to get her in trouble. How do I address this?
How would you address it if the same thing happened when you were in the office? Keep in mind that working remotely has been a difficult adjustment for many people, and the longer it goes doesn’t mean the adjustment is getting easier. The situation at home could be difficult for myriad reasons, and the longer the remote working situation continues, the worse it could become. It also could be completely unrelated to any difficulty. Some people just don’t work as well remotely and some people may be partially checked out. The point is, you just don’t know what is going on, but if it is affecting your work or if you are simply concerned as a colleague, say something, but before you discuss anything with your boss, talk it over with your co-worker. The only time you bring the boss in on something like this is if it is affecting your work and your boss is holding you accountable.
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com, dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work.
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