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How do I explain my short tenure to potential employers but more importantly, how do I get them to notice my resume without red flags going up?

The non-profit that I currently work for has decided to change its by-laws, do away with the Foundation that I presently work for and implement a new model for running the non-profit (that is the short version). I have been with the Foundation for only 10 months. I am told that I MAY have job security for the next 18 months, however, as I have come to learn, the current management has a history of quickly changing its mind and without warning they lay off employees. It goes without saying that I now need to get back into the job market to secure a new position before I find myself out of a job. Prior to coming to the Foundation, I worked for another non-profit for 13 years. Similarly, the other positions that I have held were for significant periods of time too. My question is, how do I explain my short tenure at the non-profit and how do I get potential employers to notice my resume without red flags going up due to this situation?


Scott Smith
Title: Experienced CFO/Interim CFO
Company: Self-Employed
(Experienced CFO/Interim CFO, Self-Employed) |

I don't see how this situation is a "red flag" if you explain it clearly as above - the simple facts are the entity you worked for decided to embark on a comprehensive restructuring and as a result, you were put in a position of potential insecurity. No potential employer will hold it against you that your situation changed due to organizational dynamics beyond your control - that happens to people all the time. The fact that you are looking for opportunities despite have been told of your possible 18 months of "security" is an indication to prospective employers that you are not a complacent individual. No need to be defensive about this at all if you ask me.

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

If you read Scott's answer carefully, you'll see no reference to "management's habit of quickly changing their minds." No whining at all.
Stick to the high ground when talking to anyone about your reasons to move, even though you may feel a little irritated right now about the situation.


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