Why can’t I say what was wrong with my job? They asked …


Here’s why.

Vocal inflection when speaking of your previous employer can either alert an interviewer to your bitterness or impress the same person with your resiliance and willingness to take on new challenges.

One trick is to prepare for any interview by reviewing the truly good moments of your previous position. That way, you’ll speak with a smile on your face and a lift in your voice, and the otherwise bittter little lines around the eyes and mouth – the ones that telegraph underlying emotion – will disappear, and your interviewer will relax.

There have been some excellent discussions recently about age bias, resume adjectives, whether to call ourselves “unemployed” or “in transition,” and whether or not experience holds the high card over newbies; but this is a constructive, active edge you can give yourself when you get that call.

Care to discuss this with others? Join a live chat Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. PST, 1 p.m. EST. Trade job-hunt tips, links and questions.

Chat Replay: Saturday, Jan. 23

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