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Getting fired from a job is never a great moment in anyone’s career, but rather than letting it get you down, you should instead use your time to put yourself in a position to get right back into the job market. Many people simply start sending out the same old resume that helped them land their last job, but why do that when you can create a resume that is sure to stand out?

Take a look at your resume right now, and let’s start thinking about some ways that you can improve it.

Start with a Strong Intro

The introduction that you have on your current resume may no longer accurately reflect who you are now or where you want to be in the future. Perhaps you have become jaded with your current career and are hoping for something new, or maybe you have learned new skills that are not listed in your introduction.

Think of this job change as a clean slate, and use that space to let potential employers know exactly what you are bringing to the table, and how YOU are their best option for an open position. Really think about what you want out of your career as you move forward, and then create an introduction that is a reflection of that.

Include the Right Information

When listing your previous work experience, you usually list the month and year that you started and finished. That is not entirely necessary when putting together your resume, as simply putting the start and end years is usually more than enough information. While this may seem a little misleading, it really isn’t, and very few employers will actually ask you about specific dates.

You are also not required to state why you left any of the jobs that you have held in the past. Focus on the responsibilities that you had in each job, and also be sure to mention any promotions that you may have had in your time there. The latter is particularly important, as it shows potential employers that you have the sort of work ethic and commitment that usually leads to advancement.

Focus on Formatting

Instead of just churning out the same resume over and over again, try using a couple of different formats to see which one gets the biggest response from potential employers. You could go with the standard resume format which chronologically lists all of your prior education and work experience, and then you could also go with a functional resume that is more about what you did at each of the places you worked.

The latter of the two is often the one that people who have been fired turn to. The difference between the two is stability and ability, and each employer will have one of those as being more important to them than the other.

By using the above tips, your new resume will help give you the confidence to go back out there and find a great job.

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