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On 1/17, I was told in writing by my last employer that my job has ended today but I am entitled to payment in lieu of notice for the next 6 months, and so I was kept on the payroll from 1/17 to 4/24.

On 4/25, I started a new job.

I have a P45 from my previous employer showing the termination date as 4/24.

Which ending date should I use for my job on my resume, 1/17 or 4/24?

I want to reduce the gap in unemployment on the resume as much as possible without "fudging" or being labeled dishonest.

  • it depends if you want to show your actual experience or not. – Sandra K Jun 6 '18 at 19:35
  • For those of us not familiar with the UK job market: What is a P45? – Maybe_Factor Jun 7 '18 at 0:36
  • @Maybe_Factor my answer provides a link to it – DarkCygnus Jun 7 '18 at 16:05
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The P45 is given when you stop working for an employer. It's the official (legal) form given and it helps calculate the tax you have paid so far so it can resume properly on the job switch.

If you have such legal document indicating date 4/24 I suggest you use that date. IANAL, but technically speaking you were still on payroll until that day, so I doubt you were "unemployed" during that period.

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Which ending date should I use for my job on my resume, 1/17 or 4/24?

If you were on payroll until April, then technically you were employed until April. A period of 3 months is not significant enough to worry about, and becomes less significant as your overall job history grows.

I want to reduce the gap in unemployment on the resume as much as possible without "fudging" or being labeled dishonest.

It's not dishonest -- your resume is not a legal document, just a summary of your employment. Many people only list month and year, and for older jobs, only the years worked. If this were my resume, I would list April 2018 as both the end date of my previous job, and the start date of my current job.

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