Applying When Your Former Employer Gone Out of Business

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Yes, it’s really tricky. Your former employer whom you have worked for a decade has just got out of business and closed right after you left the job.

When you attempt to write the career history section in your resume, it feels like digging inside a big dark vacuum of non-existent working experience. If you put them on your employment background, you won’t have a reference to give your prospective employer, or worse, you might be accused of lying on your resume. But if you don’t, how on earth will you explain a decade of employment gap?

But panic not, this article is written not to shove every detail of the problem to your face and tell you that it’s time to sulk. We’re here to make you realize that your employment history can still be recovered from the lost space and bring hope to your next career leap. But the first step, of course, is to calm down.

Now if you’re ready, we’ll give you a list of possible things you can show to your hiring manager as a proof that you’ve been employed, and have been a good employee once with an employer that has plainly gone off the business. So, here’s what to do in your job application when your reference company has vanished into thin air:

          1.    Indicate in your resume that your former company has already closed

But of course, do it without drawing too much attention to the fact. Never be guilty for the closure, and most of all, never take it like the fall of the company is your fault. No, just because the company went out from business, it doesn’t mean that you’re performance are to blame for it. Remember that the progress or the decline of a company depends upon the collective performance of its people. You may not be the one who caused them to close.

          2.    You were paid with not just salary, your caliber will tell about your history

You may not recover the references you have from your former employer, but the skill set you acquired and the seminars and workshops you attended may be enough proof that you’re professionally growing throughout the period in question. Describe your line of work, the knowledge and expertise you got from working with your former employer. This way, they will know that your employment history is real and at the same time, they will be aware of the competencies that may put you as the ideal candidate for the post.

          3.    Don’t badmouth

Never ever do that if you don’t have a plan of getting a dirty reputation on any company you wish to apply. While you are not liable for the defunct of your organization, you are still liable for keeping its internal matters highly confidential. In that case, by not downing them in your prospect, you are starting to prove to that you are a very accountable person who can’t probably be the one to cause the descent of your previous organization. You call that ethics.

          4.    Get the contact number of your former boss

Remember that the company consists of people. And the good news is that, people don’t die when the company they’re working for has closed. It is always advisable to find somebody to take account on the fact that your former employer has gone out of business. Your former boss can give you a credible reference enough to convince your prospective company.


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