Happy Holidays from the Team at FACET


(with apologies to Charles Dickens)

In a perfect world, every job we have will be the best experience ever. And, if we ever leave a job, we only leave on the best terms and our work histories will shine.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world. Chances are that most job seekers over the age of 25 will have at least one bad job experience. These negative job experiences turn into the ghosts of bad jobs past; they will haunt you in your job search.

It doesn’t matter what happened, check out these 3 ways to deal with the ghosts of bad jobs past:

Maintain bridges

Even if you had a bad experience at a company, make a point to maintain any connections you made while you were there. Whether it was a supervisor, co-worker, or subordinate, these people can be very helpful in your job search.

Keep up with these folks via social media like Facebook or professional networking sites like LinkedIn or Cachinko. If you’re still local, the occasional lunch date wouldn’t hurt either.


When you leave a particularly brutal job, it’s easy to think that the only thing you learned was that your boss is evil and the company stunk. Emotions aside, consider the skills and techniques you developed when you were employed.

Even the worst experiences can teach you about what kind of worker you are, where your limits are, and what kind of company is ideal for you. Find the silver lining in your experience and derive as much value from it as you can.

Be honest

If that nasty job experience ended last week or seven years ago, know that fudging or fibbing about it can hurt your prospects. First, it is important to keep your emotions offline, out of any applications, resumes or interviews, and leave them in the past. Next, be honest about the position and how you left the company. It might not put you in the best light, but a positive attitude, learning from the experience, and being honest about what happened is always the best policy.


About facet
FACET is a human resources consulting firm specializing in the four phases of the Talent Management Cycle: Attract, Retain, Develop, and Transition. The Group's practice specifically addresses facilitation of smooth career/life transitions for individuals leaving organizations as well as career management, leadership training and coaching for employees whose assignments within organizations are impacted by change or other organizational needs. By application of several directions of pursuit, the corporation accomplishes a single goal: maximum utilization of human resource potential and productivity through efficient hiring, training and career development. The Facet Group was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an ARBORA GLOBAL PARTNER, The Facet Group shares a parallel philosophy of the highest quality and standards with other owner invested firms. Through this network, we provide services worldwide. To address organizational needs outlined by its clients, The Facet Group offers a comprehensive package of workplace consulting services, focusing on providing high quality, creative programs which favorably impact the bottom line.

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