How to Explain a Past Job Termination on a Resume, Application, and Interview

Updated on December 22, 2018
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Even if you've been fired from a previous job, this article will tell you everything you need to know about how to handle the situation in your resume, on job applications, and in your next interviews.
Even if you've been fired from a previous job, this article will tell you everything you need to know about how to handle the situation in your resume, on job applications, and in your next interviews. | Source

There is one question that most job applicants fear when they are filling out a job application or going in for a job interview:

Were you ever terminated from a job and why?

This is a difficult question to answer. The obvious answer is to be truthful about it, but in some cases that can cost you the job you are applying for. So how do you explain a past job termination on an application? Should you divulge why you were fired from a previous job? What do you say in an interview when they ask why you left your last job?

This article will cover exactly what you should do on your resume, application, and interview. There are different things to do at different steps, so it's best to be prepared for all circumstances.

Here are some things you'll find in this article:

  • How to explain a past job termination on your resume
  • How to explain a past job termination on your job application
  • How to prepare for your next interview if you've been fired from a previous job
  • How to explain a past job termination during a job interview
  • What not to do in a job interview
  • My experience dealing this is exact issue

Just because you were fired from a job doesn't mean you should put it on your resume.
Just because you were fired from a job doesn't mean you should put it on your resume. | Source

How to Explain a Past Job Termination on Your Resume

This is an easy one, but I will still outline what should be on your resume when you explain the job you were terminated from. On your resume, you should include:

  • company name
  • your title
  • your job duties
  • when you worked there

See how it wasn't mentioned that you were terminated? You should not include that you were terminated from that job on your resume. Your resume showcases the best things about your work history. Stating that you were fired from a job will likely result in the prospective employer throwing your resume away without giving you a chance.

An Example of a Resume

There is no need to explain why you were terminated on your resume.  People have gaps in their work history for a variety of reasons.
There is no need to explain why you were terminated on your resume. People have gaps in their work history for a variety of reasons. | Source

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How to Explain a Past Job Termination on Your Job Application

There are three ways you can explain why you were fired from a job when filling out your job application (if they ask for a reason):

  1. Option 1: Hide the fact that you were fired. Basically, this is lying. If you are caught, you have guaranteed that you won't get the position. With the internet, background services, etc. your prospective employer will most likely find out that you were fired from a job. Even if you get the job, you risk getting fired in the future and jeopardize obtaining other jobs because of this. I do not recommend this option.
  2. Option 2: Explain in detail why you were fired. While this one can be better than not stating it at all, I wouldn't recommend this one either. Giving away too many details can look bad. When the prospective employer reads the application, they have no way to ask you follow up questions at that time. It may seem like you are trying to find excuses why you were terminated.
  3. Option 3: Briefly explain why you were let go. This is the way I go. Explain why you were terminated with brief details. Don't divulge too much information, but don't ignore important facts either. Be concise when revealing about your past job termination. This will give your possible future employer a good enough explanation, without having the need to focus on it.

Note: If you're concerned about how you should word your response to "reason for leaving," you can go with trusty phrase: "involuntary termination."

Tip #1: Be Honest, but Brief

Be honest about what happened at previous jobs, but be brief about it. No need to overshare details that could jeopardize your chances of getting the job.

What if you are not asked about a past job termination on a job application?

If your application doesn't ask why you were fired from a job, then don't reveal that information! It's up to the employer to ask that information, so don't feel like you have to be forthcoming with that it. But be prepared to be asked that question during the interview.

An Example of an Online Job Application

An online application that asks the prospective employee if they have ever been terminated from a job.
An online application that asks the prospective employee if they have ever been terminated from a job. | Source

How to Prepare for Your Next Interview if You've Been Fired From a Previous Job

If you've been fired for any reason from a previous job, it's probably best to prepare for questions about it from prospective employers. Here's what you need to do before you head to your next interview:

Check your state's labor laws.

A common question that job hunters often want to know is: "What can employers say about former employees?" Though there no are no federal laws dictating what employers can or cannot say about former employees, there are indeed various laws at the state level that do. Since they vary depending on where you live, however, it's worth checking out some of the specific labor laws in your state to be sure of what employers can and cannot disclose about their former employees.

Depending on which state you live in, an employer can disclose information not just about job title, salary, and when you worked there, but also potentially about your responsibilities, performance, professional conduct, and the reasons why you were fired.

Know your former company's policies about disclosing information.

Though most companies are fairly cautious about what information they share about former employees due to fears of potential lawsuits, it's still important to know the general policies of your former employer.

If possible, try to contact your former boss and HR department to see if they'll let you know how the company will represent your termination. You can even try to negotiate with them to lessen the amount of details they share. (Even if you left under difficult circumstances, you could still ask a former coworker that you were on good terms with to call the company in an effort to check your references.) This is important for aligning both their version of the separation and yours, so as to avoid any potential conflict between both parties and ensure that you don't accidentally lie during a later interview with a new company.

As an added bonus, if you're lucky enough to find out that they do not intend to disclose that you were fired or the reasons why, then you can prevent yourself from accidentally oversharing any potentially harmful information in any future interviews.

Make sure you've processed your termination.

This is a much difficult preparation to pin down, but it is very important nonetheless. Not all that unlike moving on from a previous romantic relationship, it's crucial that you go through the whole course of processing your thoughts and emotions from your previous termination before talking to any prospective employers face-to-face. You don't want to drag a bunch of baggage into an interview. It can be a real turn off for interviewers and possibly even prevent you from getting the position.

Of course, if you're low on funds and need an income again immediately, your available window for this processing might be fairly small. But you should nevertheless try to sort through how you feel about the whole matter beforehand, lest you sabotage any future prospects with unaddressed bitterness.

Practice your responses beforehand.

You want to come off as composed and fair in your interview. So it's best to plan and practice what you might say beforehand. If you leave too much room for improvisation—especially on matters of where you used to work—you really leave yourself open to becoming overly emotional and dismissive of previous employers.

Tip #2: Practice Beforehand What You Plan to Say

Before you head to your next interview, practice what you plan to say when talking about your work history. That way, you don't accidentally come off as overly emotional or bitter about your previous employers.

Interviews can often feel like a lot of pressure is placed on you—especially if you've been fired from a previous job—but if you practice beforehand and be honest about your work history, you might surprise yourself with how well you do.
Interviews can often feel like a lot of pressure is placed on you—especially if you've been fired from a previous job—but if you practice beforehand and be honest about your work history, you might surprise yourself with how well you do. | Source

How to Explain a Past Job Termination During a Job Interview

If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, here are some tips to remember when explaining why you were terminated from a job:

Be honest, but brief, about why you were fired.

If your interviewer is asking about it, they will want to know the details. Don't hide anything at this point. You want to come off as truthful and trustworthy—admitting what happened, but while still providing unbiased context to the situation. There's a very real chance that they might find out the truth anyway, and if you get caught in a lie, you're pretty much guaranteed not to get the job.

At the same time, however, you don't necessarily need to go all out describing every last unsavory detail of your previous employment history. If you keep it truthful but brief, you'll not only avoid the pitfalls of trying to get away with a lie but can also appear emotionally healthy by being honest about—but not obsessed with—your past. Additionally, being transparent about your work history will help end that line of questioning earlier, whereas being cagey and suspicious will only prolong it further.

Don't insert any opinions or feelings as to why you were fired.

Don't state, "I feel I was fired because..." or "They didn't like me." Just stick to the facts. Inserting too many opinions may come off as you trying to spin or distort the facts, which doesn't reflect well on you.

Don't insult or blame your previous employer.

This will only give those interviewing you a bad opinion about you. Don't state, "They were a bad company" or "I was just too good for them." Keep your opinion about your previous employer out of it. If you talk bad about a previous organization, they will wonder if you will talk bad about them if they were to hire you.

You want to convey self-awareness, personal growth, and self-reflexivity. If possible, explain what corrective actions you took and what you learned from being fired. If you went back to school that helped you gain more knowledge, bring that up. If you held another job that was in the same field as the one you were terminated from, then state that. Employers want to hear you learned from the experience. That can be impressive enough to get you the job.

Pivot back to why you're a great fit for the position.

After you're done explaining elements of your work history, you can pivot the interview back to the present and why you'd be great for the job you're applying for. No need to be pushy about it, as that might come off as a bit suspicious. But conveying that you're less interested in your past endeavors and more so excited about the potential opportunities that may be presented to you at this position can really help you seem like an eager, enthusiastic candidate.

An Example of What Not to Do in an Interview

I once interviewed a person who was explaining why she was fired from a job. She stated she was late often, so they had to let her go. She stated it was still a problem for her that she was trying to resolve.

This was during a panel interview, and the entire panel voted against her because of this one reason.

What was her mistake? She stated she was still trying to resolve the issue. Instead, she should have stated she had taken steps to fix the problem. Trying to resolve a problem doesn't go far, it sounds like nothing has happened at all. That instantly disqualified her.

Don't make this same mistake!

Tip #3: Don't Blame Your Previous Employer

Though it might be tempting to badmouth and distance yourself from a previous employer, that approach is almost certain to backfire. It will likely only make the interviewer wonder if you would do the same about their company. Keep your explanations brief and unbiased, avoiding placing explicit blame on any single party.

My Experience Being Terminated From a Job

I was terminated from a job during my probationary period. In fact, I was just a week shy of passing my probation. When I am asked to explain a past job termination on an application, I always state that, "I was terminated from Pacific Bell (now AT&T) during my probationary period for failing to meet their selling standards."

This is a true statement. I worked at a call center as a customer service representative. People would call in with issues about their phone service, and we were expected to sell them products. We didn't have quotas, but we had goals. I had the second highest number of calls in our call center, which a new employee shouldn't have. I should have had just one call per hour, trying to sell all the products I could, multiple times. But I was not a good salesman, so if someone immediately said no, I would finish the call quickly.

So, I was let go. My resume doesn't state why I was fired, but if it's asked on an application, I am straightforward about it. This hasn't prevented me from landing other jobs. I have even earned promotions despite my employer knowing I was terminated from a job.

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Works Cited

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • I was terminated for unprofessional behavior and dishonesty. How could I explain the reasons I was fired to an employer if they were untrue?

    It's your word against theirs, which you will probably lose. There isn't much you can do except try to explain the termination without putting your employer in a negative light.

  • I got let go with one week of probation left from my first job since school. Checked in with superiors who said I was doing well. Management said to be careful of tone and body language but gave a card for excellent patient care. I was told just not the right fit. How should I answer questions about this job?

    Exactly that. You were let go during probation being advised you were not the right fit for the organization. It's better to be let go during probation than after probation. If you have to talk about it in an interview, you can state you were advised to watch your tone and body language (a problem I had, actually), and that you worked on it and won't have that problem in the future.

  • Do I need to put on my resume/application a job I had for 3 months but was terminated and that is unrelated to my real career? Now 2 yrs later I want to leave the career job because of undesirable circumstances and I won't have my boss as a reference. I am still working there applying to a job to have in retirement but not as a career.

    That's your decision. If asked, you'll have to explain why there is a gap in your resume. Or if they do a background check and find out, you'll have to explain why you didn't come forward with that information or risk being terminated.

  • I was fired for not following the rules, as I did not clean up after myself. How do I explain why I left the company to a new employer during an interview?

    You simply state you failed to follow procedure. Then, in a job interview, state that you did not clean up appropriately. You understand and accept why you were let go, and will ensure it won't happen again in the future.

  • Which do you think would be seen in the most ‘positive’ light when asked on an application the reason for leaving my last role - ‘termination’ or ‘group dismissal’? I was one of 3 people fired for theft as they could not identify the perpetrator.

    Either way, you'll have to explain yourself in the interview. Group dismissal is technically correct, but it's vague. If I saw that, I would question what it was. Were you laid off? Why was it a group dismissal? It leaves too many open-ended questions.

    You can state termination for violating policy, which is technically correct since theft is against all employer's policy. Then in the interview, you can indicate that you and two others were terminated due to possible theft. You can say you did not steal anything, but you can't prove it either way. It's up to the interviewer to determine what is right and what isn't.

© 2012 David Livermore

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    • Isivwe Muobo profile image

      Farrah Young 

      2 weeks ago from Nigeria

      I was asked this question recently and I took the easy way out by lying (I'm not proud of it, but being truthful would likely have cost me the position).

      Your tip of "Involuntary termination" is also a good one and I'll this from now on.

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      David Livermore 

      7 weeks ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Sorry to hear that. It sounds cut and dry. Just explain what happened in any future interviews and that you learned from your mistakes.

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      RFIS2019 

      7 weeks ago

      I had an HR incident with a former employee. I was giving a one final warning. Later in the year I had an expense report issue which I informed my boss of prior to submitting and was told to submit. I was then terminated for violating policy

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      unemployed 

      3 months ago

      i worked for company and if you didnt have time they would couach you for and you only get so many anways i went to get mediciene one day before the work shift and i ride the bus and if they give your shift out they write you up if you dont have time

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      David Livermore 

      4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If it's against company policy to use marijuana, you can simply state that you violated company policy. But then you would need to explain yourself in any interviews.

      If it's illegal in your area, well, that's on you. If it's legal then that's fine, but if it's against the company policy, that again is on you. You need to determine if using marijuana is worth the possibility of losing a future job.

      It would be awkward to ask that in an interview, unless the subject of your termination came up.

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      Unemployed Lemon 

      4 months ago

      I was recently (see: 3 days ago) terminated from the best job I've ever had after somebody smelled evidence of my recreational use of marijuana on my clothes/hair. I was informed of the accusation, and was given two options: be immediately transported to a nearby clinic for testing to dispute the claims, or refuse testing and leave the building immediately.

      While I have NEVER been under the influence at work ( as in, I've never smoked before work or during breaks), there isn't any way that I would have been able to pass the test, simply based on the half-life (and the substance itself-- marijuana is not legal in my state aside from medically). So, I made the decision to refuse testing. In the moment (I was verging on a panic attack for most of the meeting, so elaborately rational thought wasn't necessarily forthcoming), I thought it was better to be terminated for suspicion than terminated for verified use.

      But... now that I'm completing upwards of 20 applications a day, I'm starting to dread the section that demands to know "Reason for Leaving". Please help!

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      David Livermore 

      5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I'm sorry, I don't understand the question. My general suggestion is to keep if generalized and brief, then elaborate if you have a job interview.

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      Magdalene 

      5 months ago

      Am given a chance to apply for the job in a different department, in the same company how can i say i was terminated in filing the job history where it is asking reason for leaving?

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      David Livermore 

      6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      There isn't much you can do unless you can prove it was wrongful termination in a court. Otherwise, move on and try to find other work, you could be better off for it.

      Though in an interview, you'll have to state why you were fired and not try to place blame, it'll make you look bad. Just state what you have done to improve since then.

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      Fred bahm 

      6 months ago

      Forgot to mention. I was employed with this company for almost 20 years

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      Fred 

      6 months ago

      I worked at a construction rental company. The new district manger wanted to get rid of me and started writing me up for everything. I was on my 3rd and final write up. I had a machine thae malfunctioned on truck. It hit a bridge and i was fired. They tried to fight unemployment and i won. How do i approach this situation

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      David Livermore 

      6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Sounds like a touchy situation.

      First off, being with clients in a non-work setting is always a bad idea. Even if I see a client out in public, I don't say a word to them and they usually understand why.

      Beyond that, investigating it yourself is usually a bad idea. You usually have a HR department who handles that and it could seem like intimidation.

      You could simply state you improperly handled a situation involving an internal investigation. But, with the story changing, it would be hard to back that up.

      You can ask them to provide you something in writing why you were terminated to utilize in future interviews and have proof. If they want you to finish paperwork for them, that could be a time to state that you want something in writing advising why you were terminated to use in future job opportunities.

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      Erick White 

      6 months ago

      I mentioned something in questions but didn't feel I had long enough.

      I was fired from a job in the healthcare field. HIPPA Applies. There was no moral turpitude involved in anything. I have been both told that there has never been an issue or a complaint from me before. I did not receive written warnings or corrective measures.

      A situation developed during a intercompany issue that involved several staff and clients. I was not on the clock during said function. I was accused of cursing and ridiculing. I have others that witnessed the situation associated with me. I had been asked to attend by others. Someone (presumably for attention) began spreading lies and slander the following day which began to impact work and started a big interagency issue.

      I was told about it, at work the following day as I was filling in for someone on my only day off. I attempted to go and resolve the issue. I was quoted from someone else as saying I was "Going to get to the bottom of this excrement." As I was attempting to do so.

      I attempted to resolve the issue by clearing up any misunderstanding or communication with the individuals whom had claimed days later I had said something I had not and started the whole rigmarole. I did so directly after the discussion of the issue with a supervisor in which I had told them I would not attend anymore functions, etc..

      The next day I was hauled in and told that I had been "intimidating others." By knocking on the doors of those involved to try and 'resolve' the situation. I was then given two completely different reasons I was fired from two different clients and lead to pick up my stuff. Others that attempted to point out that the initial information given was not what happened as they had been present and I had not been on the clock were threatened.

      I have had a strong relationship with individuals whom have dealt with me regularly. The issues that I was given for termination were not what the company sent to unemployment as they are attempting to block my unemployment as well. The things they have told former employee's are also different. The issues are completely baseless and have been exacerbated by individuals involved in the slander that started after said function.

      I was told once (and not for the reason I was terminated) that my issue was attempting to resolve the issue on company time. This however, again, was not the reason I was given. The reason given to unemployment was "Badgering others while on the job..." I never spoke to anyone. I knocked on the doors to try and resolve the issue in an area in which I was working.

      Now, personally I know I should of picked a more appropriate time to try and resolve the issue, though I am not sure that would of mattered. They couldn't fire me since I was not on the clock for the previous issue in which they quoted both the lie and apparent cursing. Policy mentions that I am required to have three written warnings before termination.

      If the supervisors and bosses were contacting me concerned over a situation that had not happened on company time and urged me to try and resolve the matter, and I attempted to resolve the matter, but did not speak to anyone..... Then what am I suppose to put down?

      It truly seems as if I am some sort of scapegoat but I know that is not something I can put down on an application as the reason for leaving. I don't know which reason to put down as the reason keeps changing depending on who is asking.

      I thought of saying on an application something along the lines of "Attempted to resolve a matter affecting work at an inappropriate time. Will choose better time to address issues in the future and resolve things at more appropriate times." Or something along those lines.

      I am unsure of both the official reason (as the story keeps changing) and what to put since all of my previous assessments were adequate. I often had people whispering about me, and rules put into place that affected only me. The termination was sudden and I have no real recompense.

      They repeatedly called me to ask me to finish paperwork days after the fired me.

      I am unsure how I should proceed and have been informed that this has negatively impacted at least one application.

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      Mike Brumley 

      7 months ago

      Thank you

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      David Livermore 

      7 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I'm sorry for your loss.

      To answer your first question, just hand in a letter providing at least a two weeks notice. Doesn't matter when, as long as you give them two weeks. Though I recommend you don't job hop unless you really find something better. Having too many jobs in a row can look bad as it shows you won't commit.

      Some jobs ask for your work history, so it would be good to include anything you have had before. It may not be worth putting on your resume, but if they do a background check, you may need to explain why you didn't include it. Or, you may need to justify why there is a gap in your job history.

      That last question is a big one. I didn't even land in the career I wanted or planned to be in. So it's all a roll of the dice and seeing what works for you.

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      Mike Brumley 

      7 months ago

      Its been a bad yr starting off David. Lost my mother in Feb 2019 which really left a hole in my heart i dont think ever could be filled, my 10yr old son is trying as it hurt him too.

      Anyway got some questions id like to ask.

      Well i just started this new job to get income coming in, idk if it will work in long run though? What is your recommendation for giving a notice(only if i find better job)? Anything recommend saying?

      Will i need to put this job im on my resume' if its only for a couple wks?

      Any suggestions about finding a career that fits me(online,college,trade school)? i can lean either way,but after my mom passing i dont know what to do.

      Thanks

      Mike

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      David Livermore 

      8 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I did respond to your question and I will here too.

      First, in any response you'll leave out the other part about the complaint a co-worker made. The two don't really go together. I feel where you are coming from, but not one is going to see that as justification or retribution, and it will just make you look bad.

      State you made the mistake and that you won't do it again. It was stupid and you admit it. Expand upon that and know it's illegal to sell lotto tickets and alcohol to minors, and you will strictly adhere to that.

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      Hanna 

      8 months ago

      I asked a question in the question section but i feel like I need to further explain to receive an appropriate answer.

      I was fired from my supervisor position at a grocery store for selling scratch off lotto to a minor. It was a mistake, I should never have down it. The minor was a coworker who was a week away from his birthday.

      My twisted reasoning was that I was extremely mad at the company. My teen-aged friend had just made a complaint about a coworker making inappropriate sexual comments and corporate informed the man that she had made the report. She called me in tears because she was afraid to walk to her car and he then started sending her creepy Facebook messages.

      I sold to the minor a few days later and actually said "If they won't fire "blank" why would they fire me". I also figured it would not be pushed because one of the managers knew about other minor employees buying tickets in the past. Plus he only had a week until his birthday. I realize that nothing excuses me selling lotto to a minor, but i have no clue how to go about getting another job. I've been told that the company does not have the right to state why I was terminated but I'm a really honest person and have a hard time not being over honest. If an interviewer asks why I was fired I'm just gonna word vomit "I sold lotto to a minor a week before he was legal" and i can imagine that will not go over well. How do I explain that I made a (extremely illegal) mistake in the best way possible?

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      David Livermore 

      9 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I'm sorry for your situation. It's a hard thing to handle when your application is looked before because of a statement that you were terminated.

      You can state things like, "Insufficient job performance" or "Dismissed due to insufficient improvement".

      I also recommend you try government agencies. They typically consider everything when you apply for a job. I received a government job despite my termination.

      Also, if you are still receiving treatment, you can talk to those giving you treatment about vocational services that may assist you in obtaining a job.

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      9 months ago

      2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with ADHD at the same that my 6 year old had the same diagnosis. How does a successful person get that diagnosis after 40 years? Long story short, the system I had established for myself had stopped working. I had some issues at work due to this but I was working with my boss on improving. I was also working with my child's pediatrician, a child therapist and his school to help him. I had to take time off through FMLA to pick my kid off from school and help him study and work on behavioral modification because I believed he was too young for medication. At the same time I entered treatment for myself. I was put on meds for ADHD. I lost 30 lbs but my ADHD did not improve and my anxiety and lack of sleep got worse. I made the decision to get off the drugs and simply do behavioral modification. My boss got promoted and the person who replaced him started leaving me out of meetings and making me report every minute of my day. I had a candid conversation with her about my situation. She said this like everything else will pass. A week later I was put on a Personal Improvement Plan for a month and after that time she called me in and said I had improved but not enough for her.

      That was 18 months ago. I have always been a very disciplined person which helps with my condition a lot. I used this time to help my son deal with his anxiety and to control his impulses. We had to put him on medication since then but he has improved a lot. We moved to a county with better education and better help for him. His grades are up, he has friends and a good support system. So I have started to look again for a job but the "reason for leaving" always trips me because they are asking that on the online application. Im a firm believer in always being honest but if I was a recruiter the phrase "involuntary termination" would automatically make me skip myself.

      You said it here many times - say you worked on your issues and highlight what I can do - but this can only be done if I make it to the interview, which so far has not happened whenever I used that phrase.

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      David Livermore 

      11 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I think that is a great response, but I do recommend that you throw in something about how you will address your interpersonal skills. I'm a lot like you, I'm direct and to the point. It caused me some issues with my employees as well, so I had to learn how to soften and tailor my approach. One thing I recommend is throw in something that you will consider the person you are speaking to, and will adjust your tactics based on how they have responded in the past.

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      11 months ago

      I was terminated due to repeated calls to HR regarding perceived mistreatment of employees. I am a very straightforward person and when employees were having performance issues I would deal with that directly. I had employee who was under disciplinary action call into corporate HR 2 years ago and I was told to seek improvement with people skills. This same employee called corporate again before leaving his position. Then another employee called into corporate and even though I was exonerated, I was told that I should not have anymore similar issues. About a year later or a couple of months ago, I had two employees who were having performance issues. Both employees called in to Corporate and I was let go.

      I have a letter of recommendation from my former supervisor who told me he didn't agree with the decision but it was beyond him. I also have letters of recommendation from a peer and direct report. I was a very high performing employee who was 1 of 10 people selected from the organization of 2200 to participate in a leadership forum over a 6 month period.

      I am trying to decide the best way to represent this in an interview and any advise would be appreciated.

      Here is what I am thinking of saying.

      I was let go from my position due to concerns with my handling of under-performing employees. I am a very straight forward person who is passionate about my work and those I work with which has been construed as harsh at times. I have come to believe that more collaboration with the human resources department and my superiors will allow me to address similar situations with success in the future.

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      David Livermore 

      12 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That you messed up. That you expressed a negative opinion about the company you work for.

      Listen, employers know there are times employees are unhappy, but you try to keep that to yourself if you can. Admit you messed up and you won't do it again. If you have a problem, you'll find a constructive way to resolve it and not involve any clients when doing it.

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      12 months ago

      I was let go after I was apparently overheard by a client saying something negative about the company. How would I explain this during an interview?

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      David Livermore 

      12 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You can simply state, "I was terminated due to attendance issues, which have now been resolved".

      Then in any interviews go over what happened and what you have done to resolve those issues. Show you made the effort to resolve them. Focus that the issues are resolved and you don't plan to have those issues again.

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      Katie K 

      12 months ago

      Hi,

      I am was let go from a job for not having my badge on me and missing to many times punches along with to many days missed due to sick kids and no family around to help. It has been resolved but I am not sure how to say it in my application for a job. PLEASE HELP

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      David Livermore 

      12 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's a hard situation. If you state all of this and your former boss denies it, then it will look bad for you, even if you are in the right.

      You need to state why you were terminated, but also state you had a difficult working relationship with the last boss, and you felt it was for the best you were let go anyways. Then state you always try to meet deadlines, and learned what you need to do in any future situations that may be like this.

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      12 months ago

      Hi David,

      I was let go a few weeks ago. I have never been let go from a job before. I worked for my previous company for 14 years. My current boss was so difficult to work for and was not consistent with his leadership and lacked integrity. A week prior he sat in my office and told me that I was doing a great job a week later he lets me go because he stated the data base was backed up. I was not given the opportunity to focus solely on these leads nor was I given any plan of correction or write up. I was simply let go. A couple days later he puts his friend in my position. I had many residents and family members who were angry about the situation and volunteered to write letters of recommendation. I met quotas set forth by my regional and I was ahead of the expectation to fill the building. I do not know what to put on my application. I don't want to lie, I was let go but I don't even know how to begin to explain it. I am a positive person and want to take the high road but I need help on what write on job applications or say at interviews.

      Thank you so much!

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      David Livermore 

      13 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      There could have been many reasons why you didn't get that job. I would continue to be honest. However, is this always illegal, or just a reason that someone can be fired? If so, you can state you violated company policy and go in more detail in an interview. Or, you can keep it as is. It doesn't seem like a big deal to discuss salary, and any employer should know that. Just assure any future employers you won't do it again.

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      Carol 

      13 months ago

      Hi Dave,

      I was fired for discussing salary with a fellow employee. (Illegal in CT). Not filing suit. How do I explain this in an interview or on a job application. I applied for a job was honest on the application never heard from them and my references were never called. Thank you.

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      David Livermore 

      13 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      On applications you can state you violated company policy. In interviews you can state what happened in regards to the sales report. You know it was a bad mistake to make and you learned from that mistake.

      I would try to avoid using the word "fraud" if you can. Don't lie, but when using a word like that, it can guarantee you not getting a job.

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      JG99 

      13 months ago

      Hey David,

      I would appreciate some help. I was let go recently for Violating Company Policy. In more detail for fraud in regards to call reports (I worked in sales). It was a stupid mistake and now unfortunately have to find a new job. Was hoping you can help me out with what to say...

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      David Livermore 

      13 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I had a job just like that. I stated on my application that I failed to meet the employment standards, which you can put as well.

      Then in an interview, you can state it was a job that required a quota, which you were unable to meet. Then you want to state what you learned from the experience and what you would do differently. Did you learn something new from it? How would you approach a job like that in the future? That's what you need to address.

      The quota doesn't matter as much as being able to do the job behind the quota. If it's similar type of work, you need to address what you would do differently.

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      bkyle44 

      13 months ago

      I was let go from a entry level inside sales job yesterday for not hitting my quota. I worked for the company for 13 months and hit my quota a few times but not consistently. It was my first real job out of collage as I am only 24. It was a very tough job don't get me wrong but I also wasn't coming close to the numbers. I wasn't however selling anything, I was setting up appointments cold for a director that would try to sign companies our service.

      How do I properly set myself up for another job that requires me to hit a quota when I was let go from my only job with quota?

      What could I be expecting in terms of interview questions?

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      David Livermore 

      14 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Problem with a family owned business is that they can and will make you do basically anything. It was 17 years ago, and it's probably been way too long for anyone to care about it (unless it was your last job).

      I'd state you failed to follow directions. Then, in an interview, explain the situation. Don't place blame on the owner, just state you didn't realize that was something you should have done.

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      suzu 

      14 months ago

      I was fired for not running a personal errand for the owner’s mother with my own vehicle while the owner was out of the country. How do I state that? Also, it was 17 years ago.

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      David Livermore 

      14 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That due to the inappropriate actions of your entire team, you were dismissed from you and your entire team were dismissed from your job.

      In an interview, you can go into details about what happened and why everyone was let go, including you. Then state what you would do differently in the future and what you learned from it.

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      shiso 

      14 months ago

      Hi David. I was fairly recently terminated for the intentional and inappropriate actions taken by a member of my team that jeopardized a client relationship. I owned the team and even though my actions and directives were true and sound, everyone involved was let go. I understand I cannot say negative things about my former employer, but what is the best way to outline my termination?

      Thank you.

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      David Livermore 

      14 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Yup, I would go with that. That's the information given to you by your employer. Don't go with what the state gave you - who knows how that could be wrong.

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      Tim 

      14 months ago

      Hi,

      I was first suspended then terminated. I was reported by one of my supervisees to HR for having an alleged relationship with another of my employees. HR investigated and terminated both of us but did not provide us with any results of their investigation nor were we allowed to present our case. The termination latter came in mail and simply stated a violation of a company policy. I have over 20 years of spotless career with zero complaints. I did learn later that the employer gave the following reasons to the state (for unemployment approval) for my termination: providing preferential treatment, creating a hostile environment and time card mismanagement. I was never told any of this or provided an opportunity to defend myself. Do I state I was terminated for cause - a violation of company policy?

      Thanks

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      David Livermore 

      14 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well, typically you don't put on a CV why you left a job. So that's usually not the issue.

      If you were on probation, you can state you were let go during probation. You didn't state why you were officially let go. Saying things like, "you weren't liked" or "set up for failure" won't make you look good. What reason did they give you?

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      Zan 

      14 months ago

      Hi. I was terminated a few about 2 months after being on a performance review for 6 months. The managers I reported to didn't like me much. I was set up for failure from the very beginning. I saw the signs and was fighting a losing battle. I never expected to lose the job just like that. Anyway, I fought the case at conciliation and the company subsequently compensated me. My challenge is what to exactly write as a reason for leaving on CV. Thanks

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      David Livermore 

      14 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's a bad situation you got yourself in.

      You can state it was for the move, but if your previous boss doesn't confirm that, then you won't get the job. But, if you give the real reason and the boss says it was for the move, then you cost yourself a job.

      I can't answer this for you to be honest. If it was me, I would be honest why I was fired, and state it would never happen again. You knew it was a stupid choice and you won't ever do it again knowing what it cost you and how you felt afterwards.

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      Bela 

      14 months ago

      Hi, I worked in the same company fro 12 years. Last year I decided foolishly to pay my credit card through their bank account. Honestly my thought was I will pay it back before the accountant comes in January, I never did. We have an external accountant that does our books. Then, I wanted to tell my boss, the owner, but never had the courage. Long story short, I got fired in January. I paid it back the following week, boss and I are talking to each other. I started working with someone I know, he just asked me to work for his company when he knew I wasn't working, no questions asked. My plan was to move to the other side of the country and start a new life. My previous boss agreed that he would confirm that the reason for leaving was the move. I'm still here and need to apply for a second job. I don't know how to fill 'the reason for leaving" on the application and I'm more concern on how to tell my current employer since I feel like I need to tell him.

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      David Livermore 

      15 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well I don't have specifics, which is good since you don't want to share if it involved patients.

      On a resume you don't need to state why you were dismissed, just the time you worked, so you are okay there.

      For any applications, if you need to state it, you need to state it was due to improper procedure or some generic reason why you were terminated.

      In an interview you need to briefly explain the situation and what you learned from it so it won't happen again. Don't place blame or play the victim, even if you are. You won't look good in that case.

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      Vivian Cubine 

      15 months ago

      I have worked in the Health Care field as an EMT for the last 8 yr.s . I am a veteran and a trained medic. I accepted a position at new a hospital ER 11 months ago. I have never had any problems with my care for any patient for 8 yrs. I have always taken care of patients as per hospital protocol and my personal compassion to the patients. I have worked at 2 hospitals in 8 yrs and have never had a bad review or anything negative put in my personnel file. I was fired from the second hospital 3 days ago for a totally unjustified reason. I asked HR what the appeal process was because I know I did nothing wrong and so do others. I was told there is no appeal process There were 4 of us involved in the situation and I was the only one fired. I am concerned with what to put on my resume. The unjustified firing not only effects my employment now but possibly never working in an ER again. It is also questioning my character. In fact yesterday the ER was calling me to come in because some one called in sick again. The staff know I am a team player, never call in sick and dedicated to my profession. The staff in ER was shocked when I told them I dont work there any longer because I was fired. My character, honesty and loyalty to my career are important to me as an individual. I feel I was the sacrificial lamb and I cant appeal anything to protect my good name and character so I can continue to work in a hospital ER. I need help on how to handle this unjustifiable firing on my resume or if asked in an interview so I can continue working in my chosen field of helping others.

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      David Livermore 

      15 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It was just a few weeks so you shouldn't sweat it. State there was a disagreement between you and a senior staff member, which resulted in you being let go. Then in an interview state there was a misunderstanding between you and that coworker, and it had to do with the tone of your voice. You recognized the issue and it won't happen again.

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      Anonymous 

      15 months ago

      I was recently fired after only a few weeks of working at this place because another staff member (who had worked there for a longtime) made a formal complaint that they did not like the way i spoke to them and said they felt like I was talking down on them, however this was not my intention and I felt like my tone of voice would help to portray that but the staff member didn't let me know that they felt I was rude so I could apologise. Any suggestions on what to say? Preferably for applying on an online application in the section where it asks my reason for leaving a job and how would you suggest I word this in an interview. Thank you in advance.

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      David Livermore 

      15 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's a tough one. You can state you did not follow the right procedure when changing a diaper. Then in interviews, explain the situation and state what you would do differently from now on.

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      Jasmine Alexander 

      15 months ago

      I work at a Day care. A baby was squirming a lot while changing his diaper. I accidentally somehow the rash cream got on his lips careless to see it on his lips. I'm truly embarrassed to write this. I got terminated for that situation. How do I state the reason for my termination. This could hurt my whole career. For lack of supervision and carelessness.

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      David Livermore 

      15 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Describe the incident. State what happened and unfortunately it was perceived as a treat. Keep that brief, but follow-up with a positive. Explain what you learned from that incident - like what actions could you have done different, how you would handle it differently in the future, etc.

      Explain it, but end with the good. Make that the last thing they hear.

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      CarelessSmile 

      15 months ago

      I was fired after eight years of exemplary employment due to "behavior". Specifically for a supposed "threat" to my supervisor. The incident was completely taken out of context and though I truly believe that the manager who pursued my termination wanted me out because he didn't like me... I know that I can't use that because of the perception it gives possible employers.

      How do I address this "threat" with the reason I was terminated when asked why? I don't even break spider webs on my balcony! I know that my previous employer only confirms employment and dates, but I am worried that any description of the the event will pose a threat to my ability to be hired.

      Thank you in advance!

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      David Livermore 

      15 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You were terminated during probation which is a good thing actually. That happens all the time and gives you a clean break.

      The thing is you need to own up to any issues that you may have been the cause of. You can state that your employer felt that your abilities were not a right fit for the organization, so they let you go. They gave you feedback and you have learned what areas you need to improve on for your next position.

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      Jeremy 

      15 months ago

      When I was fired during my probation period the reason given by my employer was that they had "lost confidence in my abilities". A couple of things led up to this including a steering meeting I ran then went badly one day (i.e. having to deliver bad news about a project being late), my manager also said I wasn't listening to feedback that was being given to me by project sponsors. This happened even though in the days and weeks leading up to the tough meeting I had I was given much positive feedback (from the same people that fired me).

      Whilst there may have been some slight truth in the feedback given I believe that the main reasons I was let go were to do with politics, and my direct manager feeling threatened by gravitas and experience, both of which were positively commented on by other managers.

      Do you have any advice on how I could explain this situation to potential new employers?

      Thanks

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      David Livermore 

      16 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's tough. You need to own up to it and acknowledge your mistake. State you learned from the experience and will follow the right protocol in the future.

      Keep in mind ethics in things like this. State you'll always do what is ethical and own up to it if a mistake is made.

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      Singlemomma15 

      16 months ago

      I was termanted they said due to falesafiing document, i worked as a Certified allergy specialist and my providers had asked me\ told me to date there there forms they signed for me. I had to make a case for a formulation and spoke to provider and had her sign then she dated that one. The next day my company wanted the codes added provider was not there that day so i went to main provider and spoke to her about codes to add and she told me the codes to use. I made a copy of the form the other provider signed and added codes other provider told me to use and changed date to that day since i spoke to the provider. I then scanned it in to the system and they sent it to complaince. I panicked and typed back to complaince that providers pen went out and i would have her resign a new one and redate and add codes again. I went back to orginal provider and had her resign and date and add codes . then uploaded forms back in. Got the reformulation and made the allergy shots and heard nothing about it. Till a new manager came in and got to nit picking and some what harrsssing me about the issue. She kept saying to me you sure thats what happened, didnt you do this or this and at this point it had been 2 weeks since the incident happened, so i could not remember Everything and i have high anxiety so when asked i had a anxiety attack because of the way she approached me. It was sent to complaince team in my company. 5 days later i was terminated after working a full day and after office hours on my personal cell phone. How do i approach this in a interview when asked? I know i should not have made a story up to get out of it and i have learned to never do that and be honest always when making a mistake.also to never date providers forms. Im not hr only one in that office that dates for providers and fills in missing things. Previous managers i have told about it said they had to do it when they worked in their clinics and just to keep it on down low because not everyone can do it.

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      Finnegan Williams 

      16 months ago from Bakersfield

      Nice article. some good points and very straightforward.

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      David Livermore 

      16 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Nope, you were laid off.

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      James 

      16 months ago

      My plant closed down, does that count as termination?

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      David Livermore 

      16 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You need to own up to it. On applications you can state, "I was terminated due to attendance issues, which have now been resolved". Then, when you get a job interview, you can go into more detail.

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      Tylor 

      16 months ago

      I just wanna know, the last time i was working it was 2012, my cotract was for 6 months. I wasn't a person who had clear vision of the jon is important basically id sometimes not go to work for 6 days or so even more but now i realise that there was something wrong with me and they terminated my contract on that 6 months so since then i cant be able to get a job even because my reference will be bad. what should i so please help. im ready to start my future

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well you can't answer yes and state you were bullied into resigning, that won't look good at all. If they weren't going to fire you, but they pressured you to leave for one reason or another, then you can answer no.

      But they could contact the previous employer and find out why you resigned, so you would need to be prepared for that eventuality.

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You will need to change it, but not until you are let go or if you quit. As long as you are suspended, you are still employed.

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      Mike Brumley 

      17 months ago

      Ive already got some resumes typed up and printed out just recently, with this job im at,being suspended with possible termination, will i have to change my start and end date? The way ive got my resume now is for this job im at is March 2012 - Present. Will i need to change this if i get terminated? Thank you for your help

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      Mike Brumley 

      17 months ago

      I think this is great site. Id like to thank David Livermore for his helpful information.

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      Nancy 

      17 months ago

      I recently received a verbal job offer after 4 rounds of interviews and 5 "glowing" references. Next steps are to submit an actual job application form, and there will be a background check. My worry is about a previous job, 9 years ago, when I was pressured to resign by a bully department head. I wanted to leave anyway because the workplace had become so toxic, and I did have other options, so I resigned. However the new job application asks whether I've ever been fired or asked to resign. It's a Y/N question, and for Y answers the form says "please explain." How do you recommend answering?

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You will state you lacked proper communication and will ensure to properly communicate with your supervisor in the future. Own up to your mistake and show you learned from it.

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      Mike Brumley 

      17 months ago

      Hi i just got suspended with possible termination. The reason was i gestured torward my supervisor that i needed off by 230pmest. I clocked out at 232est. I had to pickup my son. If terminated, how will i address this? I guess i should have opened my mouth more. Ive never had any complaints, and super attendance there. Thank you.

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      State you violated policy. Data protection is a big thing, and you knew you were wrong. You will state that too. State you knew it was the wrong thing to do but you were trying to do your job. Explain how you now know it was the wrong thing to do and will properly access the data in the future.

      Leave your boss out of it. If you state your boss was incompetent, that won't look favorably towards you.

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      Alphonse 

      17 months ago

      Hi,

      I'd really appreciate your advice on this. I was termimated from my job because I got some data for doing bank recon from my supervisor's comp without permission. This data was for our job together but not for anything else. She reported me for that act and the company code states its one strike policy so i got laid off. I knew i was wrong and i shouldnt have done that but i thought i shouldve gotten a warning at the most. How do i explain this to my future employers? I was asked to come back too but i thought it wouldnt be a great environment. There was great politics too as my boss didnt seem to know what she was doing for the most part. I was closing month after month after so many months behind.

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If you check "no", then they will probably still make contact and may wonder why you checked no. If you check "yes", despite being terminated, you show you have nothing to hide and ready to explain any situation that comes up.

      It's a risk either way, but your best bet is to check "yes".

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      Adrian 

      17 months ago

      Yes, I was hired on as a permanent employee and had a 12-month probationary period. Those, in fact, were their exact words, It wasn't working out. I know there were other things and the supervisor and I butted heads but there's no need to go into any of that detail with a potential future employer. As for checking yes or no to allowing them to contact this employer, should I put yes or no? I honestly don't know what kind of things the supervisor would say. He was younger than me and shockingly immature. Would it be worse to check No, don't contact or check Yes and chance him spewing word vomit?

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You explained it perfectly actually. It was your responsibility. That's what you learned from that experience and will ensure something is done if it's your responsibility, even if someone else says they will do it for you. I think your explanation is perfect.

      Were you on some sort of probation before you became permanent? If so, you can state you were terminated during probation as the city felt it wasn't working out, if that was their exact words. Then during the interview you can elaborate on that with the explanation you gave me.

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      Adrian 

      17 months ago

      I was let go from my job with the City, and told: "it wasn't working out."

      I've been there for 3 months and had been written up for mixing up my weekend schedule, another time for taking a fellow employees word for it when he said he would lock up the storage shed in our maintenance yard, and then he forgot to. How can I explain this on an application when asked have I ever been fired? Also what would be the best way to phrase that I've learned from these experiences and understand the importance of accountability in regards to double checking my weekly schedule, and making sure to follow through with every task from start to end, including securing our property, because at the end of the day im the person who was delegated the responsibility.

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      So you basically tried to cover up or change a "D" to a "B", like in school. Not good.

      On a job application, state you were terminated due to improper practices. Then, in a job interview, state you were given the 90% standard and you were at a 85%. You were directed by someone "higher up" (if it's a boss, say so, but if it's a coworker, I wouldn't state that), that you could withhold those. It was discovered and you were terminated. But, you need to state you realized it was wrong and won't do it again in the future, even if it means you would be disciplined. You'd rather resolve the issue with discipline and learn from it instead of trying to cover up the mistake and not learn anything at all.

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      Angela 

      17 months ago

      In my previous job. Your performance was based on how many good surveys you’ve received from customers. My surveys were at a 85% but you had to have a 90% or you would get written or be demoted to a customer (termination). Because most of the surveys you would receive were about the experience they had one of the stores and had nothing to do with the customer service you provided over the phone. So Someone from a higher position gave me advice to not send the survey or to change a symbol so the customer wouldn’t receive the survey and only send it to the customers who would give good feedback. So I did that for a couple of weeks, and was called to the office due to doing that. And I was terminated do to survey fraud. So what should be my answer

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That really isn't enough details to give you a good, cohesive answer. What kind of fraud? By you or someone else? What have you done to prevent it in the future?

      Those are questions you need to prepare for and address in any job interview.

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      Angela 

      17 months ago

      I was fired due to survey fraud. What should my answer be

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      David Livermore 

      17 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Doesn't matter how well you were liked or the kind or reputation you had, we all have to do the basics to keep our job.

      You need to own up to it, then prove that you are caught up on all of the requirements and make a commitment to keep doing so in the future.

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      Robert Manduca 

      17 months ago

      I was "released" from a job which was my secondary job because I was late to provide some health clearance and routine courses needed for yearly compliance. I had been on that job before full time for about 16 years without any issue before. I want to return to that company but now I am afraid of that record on my file. I had a excellent reputation there but the manager that released me did not know me much and 4 years have passed now.

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      Crazy 

      18 months ago

      Only time I was ever fired it was more of a easy letdown. Working retail was a paycheck while I was waiting for a position in my field. Worked September through February, the Christmas rush. In January I was told that they were letting me go next month, I was a good stocker who had to pull double duty when one of the cashiers quit but I wasn't a lifer in that industry and corporate knew it. So they got me to train a replacement and showed me the door. Then came a couple months unemployement, another ill-suited job and finally landing a position I waiting for and like (most days). That was 5 years ago but I'm still glad I worked retail, gives you a new perspective on things and made me much nicer to those people that do but gave me a seething dislike for just about everyone else,

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      David Livermore 

      18 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If the official reason was because of a customer complaint, then that's what you should go with. If they mentioned the other part, you can include that, but if they didn't, you shouldn't include it.

      Regarding the customer complaint - typically a customer's request is priority in almost every business. State you were terminated for that, but in interviews, you can state you learned that customers are the priority and in any future positions you will make them a priority.

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      TJ 

      18 months ago

      Hi,

      I got laid off because one of the customer 's complain that i have delayed responding there email, and the request(i.e. my secondary task) was pending(for 2 days) due to the other priority task i was assigned too.Also I was aware that our team hired FTE's for my same level of position and team was restructuring for FTE positions ,they were replacing contractors with FTE positions with citizenship and GC holders only.

      What should be my answer.

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      David Livermore 

      18 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You don't state that in an interview. You state the reason why you were fired, the official reason given to you.

      If you say it was hearsay and someone had more power over you, you'll never get another job.

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      mamgrebllug 

      18 months ago

      What if you were fired over unproven heresay because the other person had more "power" over you?

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      David Livermore 

      18 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      This is all too specific which employers don't want to hear. You would want to state that you were terminated due to a policy situation. You can then state in the future you would ensure to adhere to policy and seek clarification from your supervisors if you are unsure as to a policy.

      You also hold a lot of animosity towards your previous supervisors, and I get that. But even expressing a hint of that in any future job interviews will cost you a job. Don't state things like, "I was fired for breaking policy, even though my supervisors did too." Even if you are right, you will almost certainly lose out on any job.

      Instead of focusing on the firing, focus on how you'll improve in the future and how to prevent the issue from happening again.

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      Michael 

      18 months ago

      I was fired from Sam’s club for a policy violation. I worked there for 4 years, 3 1/2 years management broke policy on the daily, threatened to coach or terminate us if we didn’t meet certain criteria, some were out of my hands as I had to wait on other qualified people in order to complete my job. Many complaints in the proper order were taken with zero results. The last half a year a restructure took place. I will post my open door with assets/ethics and Home office to give you a better understanding excluding last names.

      To, Booker

      Here are details per our conversation:

      Ongoing bad practices from 2014 to current day, breaking policies, threatened to break policy, picking and choosing when to enforce, not enforcing and how to enforce policy related offenses as they see fit per individual, including to and from managers associates and leads with no consistency.

      1. Acting GM Vincent - walking on top of pallets with other associates in (2014).

      2. GM Joe - most days policy was broke due to fear, retaliation, pressure, threats coming from higher chains in the store. It was get a coaching or termination if you didn’t do as told, you would explain it breaks policy and the response was always “I DONT CARE if you value your job this HAS to be done”. Numerous calls were made to David (corporate fresh manager) home office and ethics. (Most of 2017)

      3. Mandatory overtime when jimmy went on vacation in (July 2017) -against policy-

      4. Pam shreer erasing my availability without my knowledge in (2017) -against policy-

      5. Schedule changes throughout the entire store after posted on the wire without any knowledge/consent or red ink my entire 4 years: Through all of 2017 - 2/2/2018 - 4/8/2018 posted and changed on 4/12/2018 on this specific date it was brought up to Reese and he replied, “talk to Sonja”. April 2018 my schedule changed every few days. Sadly there are many more schedule conflicts I don’t have close date for. -against policy-

      6. A COS (Carrie) assaulted another associate in the front end of the store and only got put on overnights. That’s a hostile environment and cause for immediate termination. (End of April) -ethics and policy violations-

      7. In 2017 I was told I couldn’t miss a day or get 1 coaching till mid may in 2018 or I would be terminated with consideration being taken in account if my absent record showed improvement. The day I was about to be terminated that magically changed allowing me 1 more coaching before a immediate termination.

      8. Nobody seems to know policy on cutting over the counter, we have all asked and pursued a answer. We still cut/process C.O.V vacuum packed cryovacs at no cost every single day multiple times per day putting the vacuum packed C.O.V label back onto the processed cut tray with no limit on how many cryovac each person can have cut. I see a lot of lost money but I can only speculate without investigating with loss and prevention.

      9. The day of my offense went as follows. Short handed store wide on a busy day, everything going well. We need grinds to keep up with demand. We make NUMEROUS calls for a forklift driver from 9am till after 1pm. Only 2 forklift certified on the job is 1 floor associate and 1 manager (Omar). After being without grinds we fell into the occurring bad habits drove from fear and retaliation from the higher ups in the past and present day. A fellow older meat cutter decided he couldn’t wait any longer, after 2 attempts of improper procedure in the meat freezer steel that I warned and asked him not to do, ( because the store is making a slow turn for the better on some issues) I felt like I needed to help because he was going to regardless. I helped everybody with anything that’s my nature but admit It’s my own fault and I agree that trying to be nice because I’m more fit was still wrong. If I broke policy I broke policy. The problem is years of bad leadership, lies, no answers ect. (You see where I’m going)

      10. My position is not open for new hires because meat was overstaffed from when Shelton from laburnum transferred. “We needed to cut someone anyway, now the time will be right” is what was supposedly said. A sort of possible premeditation one must ask themself.

      11. The day of my termination I was only told “Policy had been changed, it’s out of my hands. I have to terminate you” if I am going to receive a bad mark for my next job I would like to have been told exactly what policy I broke at the time. I had to call Reese the next day who hasn’t read the report so assumed. I finally received a “ I broke the 4 foot rule in a steel bin” from booker himself. Thank you for that as well. -In conclusion- managers are no exception to policy, integrity only works if we all stand by it. Picking and choosing when/who/what and where a policy is ok to break is bad practice as well as threats,retaliation and a fearful work place is just not healthy. I respect the decision Omar made with my termination, I am not appealing that. It’s the ETHICS used to achieve results. Others would like to verify my accusations but I fear they will back down for fear of retaliation.

      Thank you for your time, Michael *****

      Sorry so lengthy but In this situation how is it best I explain it as brief and truthfully as possible? This is my first firing/safety violation in around 30 years of employment.

      Thank you for your time

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      David Livermore 

      18 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Own up to it. State you had one incident of being tardy, one incident of calling off work, and one incident of being sent home due to being ill. State "one" each time, as it shows each one is a singular incident. Then state you were terminated due to a misunderstanding, and explain you had thought you could listen to music while in the back, but it appeared you were reading something.

      State you learned from those experiences and will make it to work on time, won't miss work as much as possible, and will not do something as listening to music on an ipod or looking at your phone while working even if it's authorized.

      Keep in mind if you pass probation, become more trusted, etc., you may be able to relax. But until then, you need to stick to that.

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      Cherish 

      18 months ago

      I was fired from Wal-Mart. I was young and irresponsible. You get 2 coachings, then what they call a D-Day before you're fired. I had the two coachings, one for being tardy and the other for calling off. After that though I was working on doing better I was coming into work on time and not calling off so much. One night I went into work at 9pm with an awful stomach ache, I made it until 4am before I vomited all over the floor on my way to the bathroom. My manager sent me home. When I came back they gave me my D-day for it. I was not happy about it, but what could I do? A few months later I was back in electronics covering someone for their lunch break, I was listening to my ipod, and flipping through songs. We were allowed to have them in the back, just not up at the registers where I normally worked. At the end of the night my manager had me come back and told me they were letting me go because another manager had seen me reading a magazine while I was covering the break. When I tried to say that I wasn't reading a magazine she rudely cut me off and changed her story saying she was with the other manager and that I was reading something. So I know that when telling someone in an interview or on a job application that you are not suppose to make it seem like you're blaming the previous company. Its just I've had a hard time of putting this across in a way that doesn't sound like I'm doing that, or like I'm being TOO vague or lying. Do you have any advice?

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      David Livermore 

      19 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Here's the issue - it sounds like you are blaming your last workplace. I understand that the mold may have caused an issue, but still blaming them makes you look bad, even if you are in the right.

      I would simply state, "I was terminated due to a medical condition, which has since been resolved." In most places, they can't inquire as to the medical condition. However, if you state it was at the workplace, then they may ask more questions.

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      Mos99 

      19 months ago

      Hi, David. I was an at will employee, working in a mold contaminated office building. I got sick, ended up in hospital, and was fired days after being released. It was a wrongful termination and the employer had long been lying about mold but I do NOT use these words in the job hunt. I have been advised to say something along the lines of “the building had mold and I could not work in the environment." The problem? Untrained recruiters probe deeper, asking inappropriate, gossipy questions. I do not take the negative bait but do try to redirect the interview back to job-relevant questions. Do you think my basic explanation is suitable? How do I get around these first line interviewers? I rarely have this problem with true hiring managers but I need to get past the untrained screeners, first.

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      David Livermore 

      19 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's exactly it, "I had health problems that have since been resolved". You aren't required to go into detail, so don't feel you have to. Just state you had some medical issues, and you have since resolved those issues.

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      king0gre 

      19 months ago

      I was recently let go, last year I was diagnosed with diabetes and the medications really messed with my GI Tract. While I did get FMLA for seeing the doctor I didn't get it for all my prior sick time used unfortunately.

      In AZ we recently got an additional 40 hours of protected sick time that saved my bacon last year, however this year I went through it quickly by getting sick a few times, the flu, migraine, and getting food poisoning while at work.

      This put me past the 40 hours of protected times and when I got the food poisoning and couldn't make it in on time that day till my stomach settled I was then past the allowed time for tardies in our rotating times.

      So how the heck do I explain that one easily? medical problems that are resolved?

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      David Livermore 

      19 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If it was me, I would be honest about it. Even if they don't find out now, what about word of mouth? They could find out that way, asked why you didn't disclose it, and then terminate you.

      Typically though, if it's asked on an application, I recommend being forthcoming about it.

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      likelao 

      19 months ago

      I was recently dismissed for a cause on March 19th 2018 from a bank due to dishonesty. What would happened was i was under investigation with my colleague and the investigator officer does not want us to communicate, but we did and i lied at the first place but i admitted later on, they say it was too late and I was dismissed for that cause. I was totally understand that i have break my previous employer's code of conduct.

      Fortunately, i got an offer at front now from other bank indicates that they will hire me as long as i pass my background check recently. I know there must be some thing in background check they will ask if you have been dismissed for a cause before, i just want to know what should i answer this question. I think i will answer as "yes" even my previous employer's HR saying that they will only disclose my position, my start day my end date my duties and my salary, but what should i explain there? some people ask me to say no since they background check people could not find the reason why i left. i hope you can answer those for me. thanks

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      David Livermore 

      19 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      One month is a very short time to evaluate if someone is good in a position or not, so I am hopeful the prospective employer will understand.

      On the application you can state you were terminated due to your slow speed in typing, however, you have improved since then (you may want to provide a copy of a typing certificate which proves that).

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      Nick Gariety 

      19 months ago

      Hello,

      I am applying for a medical assistant position that offers on site training (no certification required). I previously worked as a medical scribe for a month but did not pass the training, and was let go from the company. Although let go, I did learn a lot about medical terminology and the healthcare setting, which is why I included it in my resume as I thought it might help set me apart. In hindsight, it obviously seems like it might have been a misstep as the company hiring for the medical assistant position has sent me an application after screening me and my resume, and the application has a section asking if I was ever asked to resign, or discharged from a position, and to explain if so. I obviously don't think lying about being let go is the way to approach this, especially considering they may inquire about my medical scribe position from my resume, should I get an interview, and I will have to explain why I am not currently working as a scribe anymore. How should I go about addressing this on the application. I was let go from the scribe position simply because I couldn't meet the standards necessary during my training for the company to see me as a good employee (slow typist, but have significantly improved since). However, I was technically hired in the scribe company's system, and was paid for training.

      P.S. this is a bit of a time sensitive issue considering I just received the application today and they expect it within the next few days. Thank you in advance!

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      David Livermore 

      20 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's a tough one, mostly because you didn't assist your HR department with an investigation. If any future employer's get wind of this, then it will be hard to find another job.

      However, you can state you were terminated due to a HR issue. In any interviews, you can state you didn't assist the HR department with an investigation with an other employee. Only state why if they ask you why.

      However, you need to decide if you'll do that again. If you admit you were wrong and will comply with HR, then you can state that. If you don't think you were wrong, well, I don't know what to tell you.

      Typical HR staff are trained to see what is true and not. They can't be 100% correct all of the time, but that's not for you to judge, especially if you need a job.

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      MR 

      20 months ago

      Hi,

      I was terminated from my position for refusing to assist the HR dept with an internal investigation on a coworker. I didn't want to be responsible fo the termination of someone I felt was innocent. They ended up terminating due to "dishonesty". How can I word this?

      Thank you

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      David Livermore 

      20 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well on applications you state that - you were terminated due to not meeting company standards due to not adhering to a new policy change.

      In interviews, you can go into more detail, but don't state anything about false accusations. Instead, state you will ensure you are aware of any changed procedures when approaching your job duties. This is especially important in government work.

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