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Throughout my 15+ year career in resume writing, career coaching, higher education, and working with nonprofit job seekers, I’ve used an approach that is nurturing yet practical and driven to achievement. As Audience Development and Content Manager at Idealist for our online publication, Idealist Careers, I bring relevant tips to today's social impact job seekers and career changers with sensitivity towards the challenges they face. I also am the writer of our career advice column, "Ask Victoria". Understanding the roles that a positive outlook and holistic self-care play in career success, I share with our readers time-honored methods for improving confidence and productivity. Have a question? Ask at askvictoria@idealist.org. Follow me on Twitter @_AskVictoria.


  1. I experienced something similar and I am convinced that my honest approach and the manner in which I described the unfortunate set of circumstances was critical to securing my next position. I decided not to include the job on my resume and planned to discuss the omission in an in person interview if granted one. I brought a revised copy of my resume with me to the interview and gave it to the interviewer after I explained the details.
    It is a crap shoot though because a lot is riding on the interviewer’s objectivity and ability to see past the fact that the situation has a negative overtone. I got lucky because my interviewer listened and I mean really listened. I kept my emotions level and shared with my interviewer that I took ownership of not addressing specific concerns and actions early on for fear of being seen as a new hire troublemaker. I explained that my intentions were to help improve the workflow and the process. My manager saw it as a way for me to undermine her management. True in my opinion she was not an effective manager and I thought I could help by being respectful in approaching her in confidence but when it was obvious that my ideas were not welcome I aborted any future attempts and my manager became almost confrontational with me on a daily basis. Her behavior and lack of professionalism was affecting my productivity.
    Things worsened and I began documenting everything I could and this came in handy when I needed to file for unemployment benefits. I forwarded related emails to my personal email, made copies of documents and processes that supported my concerns and took them home and I kept a journal of daily encounters. Being uncertain about how bad it was going to get I also purchased a small digital recorder and was prepared to bring it with me to meetings with my manager but that never became necessary. I was able to provide UE with this supportive material which enabled my being able to receive my benefits in a timely manner. In the end I landed a wonderful job and the employer expressed their appreciation for the courage it took for me to tell my story. They appreciated how I remained respectful, did not bash and accepted the outcome as a bad fit.

    • Thank you so much for sharing with our audience. It sounds like you made a great choice to be honest with your interviewer in a way that was respectful and allowed you to build rapport and trust. To your success, Victoria

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