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In my last job, I was hired for a specific project which the company lost before I even got a chance to start work on it: four people were made redundant on the same day. I spent three months there and while I did learn new dev skills (I worked on a minor project while waiting to start on the main one), I cannot consider myself an expert in the speciality of this company (barely passing familiar).

As a developer, should I maintain this on my resume? Do I even say that I was made redundant or is it best to leave it out entirely?

Rob :)

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Hi Robert, general résumé help isn't on-topic here: whether you should put a job you were laid off from on your résumé isn't developer or programmer specific. –  user8 Oct 23 '11 at 12:12
Don't lie to them but don't use the word redundant. The same thing happened to me and I kept it on my resume. Just say that you were brought on in anticipation of a new project but the contract fell through with the client and they had to downsize for financial reasons. Another point, whether you like to admit or not, skills always come second to who you know. I work in a small city where a lot of people in software industry know each other and have worked together at one point in their careers. You put it on, and the guy interviewing says, "Hey, did you work with XXXX?" –  maple_shaft Oct 23 '11 at 12:15
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I'd say that you should mention that you worked there, but don't specifically state that you were made redundant as that doesn't sound at all good (i.e., it's likely to get you into the automatic rejection pile rather than to the interview). Instead, just state that you worked there for 3 months; they'll know that that means you don't know everything about what the company's specialty, and if they want to know why you were there for only three months they can ask you in the interview.

Don't cower in your CV. (Don't be over-brash either.) It comes over terribly. Factual and succinct are far more useful.

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There are a few posts where succinct isn't suitable — e.g., a full academic professor should have a huge publication list — but I don't think you're looking for those sorts of jobs. For one thing, they're often head-hunted rather than driven by open application. –  Donal Fellows Oct 23 '11 at 11:35
I agree that succinct is best for my case; and I see your point about not stating that I was made redundant, instead let them ask. That makes sense. It is exactly what I was worried about; which is worse: saying I was made redundant or having a 3 month job sitting there without explanation that it wasn't my fault.. –  Robert Mark Bram Oct 23 '11 at 11:44
In this economy, I'd not be embarrassed by a 3 month contract. I've done 1 month gigs (though admittedly that was a purely internal appointment and so wouldn't belong on a CV). –  Donal Fellows Oct 23 '11 at 11:57

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