Depression and CV

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Hi guys,

I'm just looking for a little advice and to find out what other people have done or would do in this situation.

I've suffered from depression for a few years and been on and off medication. Recently it got a lot worse. I had to take time off work during my probationary period and because I was off for so long they obviously didn't keep me on so I have had no job as of May. Ive been going to counselling and seeing my doctor and would love to get back into work as I think this would help, even part time for now.

However, how do I explain my time off work on my CV?

I had written that I was off with ill health during my probationary period and my job let me go. I got an interview the other day and was obviously quite happy that even though I had put that on my CV, they wanted to see me. But during the interview, the guy started asking questions about what my 'ill health' had been and I felt really embarrassed. I thought an interviewer wasn't supposed to probe you about it. I thought if I had written ill health and explained it was resolved and I was ready to work again then that would be okay. Afterwards the interview just seemed rushed, as if he wasn't interested in what I was saying. I was in and out in 10 minutes...

Anyway, now I'm worried I'll never get another job because of this. In order to work again do I need to lie?

If anyone else has ever gotten around this then please let me know...

Sorry about the long post and thank you so much for reading!

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    Hi Cee10

    If you live in the UK I may have found something relevant to you. I'm not sure how the mods are about posting external links though. I have a quote from the page and I'll put the link in a 2nd reply. That way if the forum mods don't like the link they don't wipe out the whole msg.

    It's an article from The Guardian:

    If you don't mind me asking, what sort of job was it you had applied for?


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    Hi how about saying the last job didn't work out but don't give a reason.  You could say you realised it was a mistake but at the time you were so keen to work you went for it anyway.

    Make sure you then praise the company you will be working for and say this job is exactly what you are looking for.   Make sure you research the company first and ask some pertinent questions to show how keen you are.   I wouldn't mention ill health at all as they generally don't ask specifically and if they ask whether you consider yourself to have a disabilty which could affect your work then say no if you consider that is the case.  

    I hope this helps.  Bev x

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