Every resume, CV, and employment application needs to have the period of employment for each employer. My situation is a little unusual:
- On 9/30/2013, I was formally advised in writing by my last employer that my job was being officially eliminated in 60 days (11/30/2013).
- But instead of asking me to be "on-call" until the end of November, they asked me to pack up, turn in my employee badge, and leave immediately, so my final ACTUAL date of work in the office was 9/30/13.
- From 9/30/13 to 4/30/14, I was kept on the company's official active employee payroll until 4/30/14 receiving bi-weekly pay and benefits as if I were still in the office, and eligible to apply for preferred internal positions.
- If a future employer inquired the company about my last date of work, the HR records shows 4/30/14.
My question(s) are, which job ending date should I use on my resume?
- Last date physically present in the office (9/30/13),
- date my job was eliminated (11/30/13),
- or date I was OFFICIALLY removed from HR records as an ACTIVE employee with the company?
Obviously, it would reduce the gap in unemployment on the resume significantly to use the 4/2014 date but would that be "fudging" or dishonestly even though "technically" correct?