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Hi,

I have 4 year j2ee experience. I have lost my job last month because company is small company and projects are cancelled. Shall I mentioned in my resume that I have lost my job (worked from date to jan 2009) or shall I say I am still working in the company ( because the company does not have problem if I mention that ). Because if I mention I have lost the job, it will be seen as very negative and I will not get short listed even. And if I say I am still working, the HR consultants may come to know, I have that fear too. I am very depressed, don't know what to do.
 
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I suggest you tell the truth. Even now lot of opportunities are available. It might effect while negotiating the salary package. But after some time, when the job market picks up, if you are not satisfied with the package, you can always look for other opportunities.
 
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Thanks Kiran,
Shall I say I am laid off or terminated.
 
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No need to say the truth as it was never your fault of being laid off...Also if you say the truth the interviewing company may exploit you by taking you as a desperated job seeker...Please be practical and shrewd in handling your career
 
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IMHO, You don't have to state any reason for losing your job on your resume. You can say that if asked in the interview. All you have to do on your resume is to put the correct start and end date of your employment.
 
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Not on resume, HR consultants ask me in their first call. Shall I say am laid off or terminated.
 
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I am so confused and depressed. If any of my friend tells me I should say truth that I am laid off because it is not good to hide it and company may come to know in future somehow. But like Nischal said, many friends tells me I should not say that I am laid off. My last company could neither get new projects nor hold current projects. I am good in my work and I worked very sincerely. So it is not my fault. The companies may look it at as negative if I say truth. I will have to make compromises in my new salary and role. I don't know what shall I do.
 
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Agree with Arulk Pillai.
 
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Agree with Arulk.

You do not need to say anything. If asked then IMHO tell the truth. By telling the truth you will be relaxed at peace mentally.
Also as you said you are good then hopefully you should find something good soon.

And in current scenario if some one is laid off it does not necessarily mean he/she is bad it may be because there is less work/not much new work coming up (company is not able to get new contracts/work and that is not your fault at all).

You may get less salary but at least you will be at peace mentally and will not live under constant fear Right!
 
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From my experience, recruiters do not necessarily look for people who are currently working. I had a phone talk with one such type recently; he asked a question like "Are you still in that job that you have listed as current on your CV?" and sounded quite unhappy when I said yes.
 
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I also agree with Arulk. Don't mention it on the paper. When asked give an honest answer that the company shut down (or whatever actually happened). If they know it was an entire group being let go it should not reflect poorly on you.

Fear and depression are normal emotions for you to have right now. I've been there. The best thing you can do right now is to spend the extra time building skills and your personal brand. Get involved in technology user groups and meet people. Find out what technologies companies are using in your area and take the time to learn those. Try to take control of your situation even though you may feel powerless. Always hope. Oh, and keep the TV off - it will tempt you to do nothing and become a victim rather than a victor.
 
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Now days it is common people loosing jobs. So you just tell the HR you lost job because your company not doing well.

Many companies are recruiting now only when have the project and it is easy for you to get job if you dont have job as you can join immediately may be on next day. Better to be in job instead of jobless so don't think much about salary.
 
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Thanks alot for the guidance and support !!! I have decided to tell truth. I asked same question to one senior HR and she told me there is no problem now a days if you are laid off. It is common. It is better to be honest.
I once again thank everyone for guidance and support.
 
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