What should I say is the reason I lost my previous job?

Was let go from my previous job and have had trouble finding work for the last few months. I worked in the Business/CS field and am looking for work in the business / finance areas.

The two main reasons I was let go are:

1. I wasn't excited about the work and it wasn't a good fit for me. I would finish the work early everyday and have hours with nothing to do. I tried asking for more work a few times but was more or less brushed off and so lack of enthusiasm showed and the manager said it would hurt moral. Work from the client also really dried up as well.

2. We had many meetings and many of the meetings were for projects I wasn't even involved with and so many times I found it hard to stay awake during these long meeting and sometimes would nod off (looks bad I know , my fault) but yeah they weren't happy about that either...

I messed up but I'm still a skilled and hard worker but seems like not many companies interested after hearing I was let go from previous position. In the interviews which one of these two reasons should I give and how I should I spin it? I want to be honest and explain the situation cause they will call and ask any way so...

Thanks!

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  • 5 months ago

    Not enough work, and you were laid off. Happens all the time.

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  • 5 months ago

    You should say that you were laid off because work from the client dried up and there wasn't enough work for you to do, so you would finish your work early everyday and there wasn't anything for you to do for the rest of the day. Saying that you would always finish your work early makes you sound like a person who works fast (even if you know that it was really because there was not enough work) and saying that work from the client dried up and there was not enough work makes it sound like it wasn't your fault.

    You should not mention falling asleep in meetings. That would make them think that you don't get enough sleep at home and show up for work tired. You also shouldn't mention lack of enthusiasm or being easily bored in meetings.

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