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Dilemma
AngryBird
posted on Monday, 06 February 2012 01:38
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I was terminated by one company on last year after working for about half year. My Ex-boss, who is one of bosses at that moment in the matrix environment, claimed that they were not satisfactory with my performance. It was believed that the hidden reason is political: I fired his man (the assistant manager), who was belonged to his group and I had been stereo-typed as the man of another group. And My Ex-Boss offered me a so called “Solution”:
- Resign by myself
- Give me the reference letter;
- 2-months payment notice won’t be given to me

And he threatened me he would “bad-mouth” me in the whole industry if I didn’t agree to do so. Anyway, I rejected the offer and tried to settle this via labour department’s mediation but not succeed. And I am going to go through the normal process for the compensation.

I am encountering the most serious difficulty in my career life. Following are my questions:

- Do I need to put this in my cv?
- If yes, it will put me in a very difficult position for another job because my ex-boss gave me a termination letter with poor comment.
- If no, how I can persuade the potential employer why I left the previous company and what I was doing during this period of time;
- Or, is surrender the best strategy in this scenario?

I knew the HR will not take any risk especially in the recruitment of management level. I am now really in an dilemma. Please give me an insight.

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Catherine Ng - Career Doctor  
Posted Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:19 PM

Dear AngryBird

Looking at the situation, I fully understand your rationale of naming the question : Dilemma.

From your description, it looks like the case is ongoing and has not been settled yet. From a HR perspective, I always recommend professionals to be forward looking in cases of separation. This includes both redundancies and disputes on performance issues. Under these circumstances, the key issue is to ensure a smooth transition to the next role. This certainly includes a reference from the current or previous employer.

As your case to the Labor Department was not successful, I would recommend you to take the offer from your former employer, if it is still valid. You certainly try to negotiate on the terms and conditions that the Company should pay you the notice period. This seems the best course of action for you. As stated above, in any separation, the focus should be on career transition, which is to your own benefit.

I see no harm in including the job in your resume. For one thing, it makes your resume complete. Since the period of employment is rather short, about half a year, maybe you do not have to include it in your reference checks. Some companies do not provide reference as a policy. I am not sure if your former employer adopts same practice. You have to provide a reasonable explanation why you were looking out within a short period of time though.

Try to take a rational approach and settle your emotions, I’m sure you are able to find your way out of this dilemma.

Best regards,
Catherine

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