So, I find this start-up that has been profitable for 5 years, will be hiring hundreds more to expand into new markets, and is located 20 minutes from home (nice in Chicago terms). A nice pay increase to boot.
My new hire orientation takes place down the hall from the Board of Directors meeting. In my first week, they say we did not make our third quarter goals, no moving to the new building till next quarter. The second week they kyboshed all new acquisitions and sent a phone list that had no new hire’s listed. The third week they regret to inform me that economic circumstances dictate I am out of a job.
So, do I list this on my resume?
Do I take up the offer for a letter of reference (they loved what I accomplished… but they didn’t get to make this call)?
I might make mention of it as most interviewers will question why you left your last permanent position and under what circumstances. If the previous company could give you a letter of recommendation it would certainly smooth things out.
I was thinking the letter of reference would dispel any creative thoughts of why I was let go.
They were a good team to work with. In the three weeks we configured the automation test lab, prototyped the automation using several architectures, and had a simple keyword driven engine running several scripts. I’m kind of proud of the work product.
Then again, I tend to take good advice without questioning it. Thanks to all.
I'd agree with Rich. Your next employer is going to want to know why you're not employed now. Take the letter to show you weren't fired, but leave it off the resume. Explain it just like you did above; that all new hires were let go. If you put it on the resume, then you'll end up explaining to future employers why you were only there 3 weeks.
Yep, get the letter to explain why you're not working...
As far as the resume, it depends. I worked for 2 weeks at a job once, the last week in July and the first week in August. I hadn't worked since June and didn't find work again until September. Because I put the month/year of a job's beginning and end, this fills out the resume nicely. No one has asked about the job in the 15 years it's been on my resume.