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

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Explaining a job termination can be the most difficult thing when filling out a job application.
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How to Explain Being Fired

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

There's nothing wrong with being fired.

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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 straight forward 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.

A Resume Example

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
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

Explaining 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:

  • The company name.
  • Your title.
  • The time period you worked there.
  • Your job duties.

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 result in the prospective employer to throw your resume away without giving you a chance.

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

Explaining 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:

  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 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.
  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 because when the prospective employer reads the application, they have no way to ask you follow up questions at that time and it may seem like you are trying to find excuses why you were terminated.
  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.

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.

How to Avoid Using the Word "Terminated" in a Job Interview

Even if you don't agree with it, you should accept full responsibility for your job termination when asked about it during an interview.
Even if you don't agree with it, you should accept full responsibility for your job termination when asked about it during an interview. | Source

Explaining a Past Job Termination on 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Don't insult 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.
  • 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.

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What NOT To Do

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!

If you have any tips on explaining a job termination on an application, please share them in the comments below.

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      Crazy 10 days 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 10 days 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 11 days 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 11 days 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 11 days ago

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

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      David Livermore 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 2 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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      Jmonteon 2 months ago

      I want to apply for a goverment job, however i recently got terminated from my formal job for inability to meet company standards. What happen was i did a mistake by not referring to the new policy change. I asked as usial my employees pin numbers to help me know where they are in their sales. Hr interviewed some of my employees as they stated false accusations about my charactor saying i was alturing their goal. Which was no true. Unable to prove i wasn’t, the template sheet was not calculating the goals properly so i had to manually create them, thats what cost my job. Any ways even do i had no previous warning HR took their word over mine. I spend 9 yrs with this company and im at total lost. I dont know to explain this and get a job... it just sounds so negative and my character.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I do see where your workplace was coming from. Yes, you did the right thing by doing something with the files, but placing them on to a flash drive makes them mobile. What if you didn't come in the next day? What if someone else grabbed it before you?

      My workplace has a similar policy, and while I didn't understand it at first, I do now.

      On an application you can state you were terminated due to a policy violation. In an interview, you can briefly explain what happened and what you know to do in the future, which is not to transport sensitive company files on a flash drive.

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      Nan B 2 months ago

      I was recently terminated and not sure how to explain on applications & interviews can you make a suggestion? It is documented as follows; “you broke a reasonable employer rule.” Termination – Gross violation of Company (BFS) policy. Company handbook section 4.3G, “Unauthorized or careless use of the Company’s material, equipment or property”. I found a folder that I created was accidentally put on the internal server that contained sensitive company info. I moved it to a jump drive until i could "clean" it up and return it the next morning. UNAUTHORIZED – Part of my job for the 2 ½ years of employment was creating, monitoring and updating files and folders on the internal co server on a daily basis and I have had no previous reprimands or violations. CARELESS -I moved the folder from the server to a flash drive to secure and safeguard the personal employee information, vendor materials & pricing and the outsource costs and purchase patterns of the company. This was only a temporary move because of the time restraint I was not able to remove the files before I had to leave the office. I absolutely did not in any way do this to harm the Company, owner or anyone. In fact my intentions were quite the opposite. Had I left the files in the folder on the server until I came in the next morning, as the employees begin coming in to the office and starting their day they would have to log into the server. The length of time between when they start coming in and I came in is approximately 2 hours and the office is closed. Because the office is not open, generally people will work on price quotes, verifying the status of the existing jobs and making sure that they have all of the materials needed to complete that job. All of these tasks would require them to either open that folder or if the folder is not available each employee was given a binder for their department that contains the needed information and the job report is printed out by each employee at the end of their shift the night before. The employees could complete their jobs without the folder on the server and there would be no impact but if I had left that folder as it was on the server and they opened the folder to access the files they needed the potential for damage to the company and the knowledge that employee would gain would be irreversible.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's there, it was just flagged as spam. It should show now.

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      Tracy Murrell 2 months ago

      I posted a comment / question last night and it was on here, but now I don't see it, did I do something wrong?

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well, that can be a reason why someone is fired. Though I never heard it that way before.

      You can state that you and your supervisor had difficulties getting along, which you analyzed and will improve on any future interactions with any superiors.

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      Tracy Murrell 2 months ago

      I was fired on 1-31-18 while still on probation. I failed to meet the 8 points dependability policy expectations. One of the company benefits is paid sick leave as indicated on our paycheck stubs. However, if we use this benefit, we are punished because they assigned me the points even though I went to the doctor and had a doctor note. Different types of occurences get assigned a different number of points. Also, when I first accepted the job and moved to the new city I was working in, I had to take an Uber to work one morning and I thought I could trust they would know how to get to the airport, but he took the wrong freeway exit and caused me to be seven minutes late and I received points for that. So one lesson I learned was never rely on anyone else to get me to work. Then I received more points for a miscommunication from another department where they failed to notify me of a change in the report time they needed me to come to work. (I was on call 24/7). Another time the scheduling department failed to put my work assignment on my schedule, but they called me while I was asleep and I heard the report time was 1530, then they called me back at 1330 and wanted to know why I hadn't checked in yet, so I had misunderstood them in a deep sleep. I don't know how much detail I should go into on a job application or interview, but I feel like I should explain how I reached the 8 points which is all that is allowed before being terminated. I am 54 years old and have never been fired, so I am afraid since the reason was for attendance, no matter what industry, I may never be able to find an employer willing to hire me. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for any advice you may have.

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      MC 2 months ago

      I was told I wasn't giving my superior the respect he deserved. I of course disagree with this, and I don't think that is something I can put on a job application if I want any chance for an interview..

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      No matter if you were in the right, it will be a you versus them situation.

      They must have given a reason you were fired. Sure, that may be the reason, but there has to be a reason they gave you. What was it?

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      MC 2 months ago

      I was fired for rejecting my employer's sexual advances. I know there are issues with legality here, but I am just wondering what I should say when asked about my previous employer and why I was terminated.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I agree with your friend - state you were laid off. A lay off is easier explained than being fired.

      You really don't want to go into all of those details you just told me. Even if you are right, it still won't look good for you. You can state there was a reorganization done and you were laid off as a result, simple as that.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I'm sorry to hear that. On any applications you can state there was an incident with a child that caused your termination. In any interviews, you can explain the incident. You admit to the mistake, but didn't anticipate that would happen. In the future you will be more cognizant of how a child may react to a situation to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Then what's what you say. You were told you weren't a good fit for the position, but weren't given details, even though you asked (if you did ask).

      In the future you can state you will solicit feedback more on your performance to ensure you and your supervisor are on the same wavelength.

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      Karyn 2 months ago

      Hi David.

      I was fired, but collected unemployment.

      I have been in the same business for over 2 decades and never had any issues before. It felt like quite quickly the management had it out for me, changing roles, responsibilities and priorities at will.

      The work that I and my team did was amazing, getting accolades from peers, however things that would normally seem insignificant to a reasonable person, were exaggerated many times

      Boss spent a great deal of time twisting my words, and blowing up situations enough to creatively fabricate written warnings and a lot of documentation, created making it seem like indeed I was awful at my job.

      The company had a huge layoff of several hundred people, at the same time I was let go, and my position has not been filled yet.

      I believe that while the boss was in process of harassing me to get me to quit, and they used this layoff as an opportunity to get rid of one more person- me - and reorganize the division.

      I have been advised by a recruiter friend of mine to simply state that I was laid off.

      I am curious to know your thoughts!

      Thank you

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      MT 2 months ago

      Thanks for the advice. But they never told me why I wasn’t a fit for the position, that’s all they told me. I’m not sure what else I could have done because I never knew how my manager felt. I’m not sure how I can say how I’ll be able to approach situations like that in the future

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      Sweetpooh29 2 months ago

      I will be terminated effective tomorrow. I work in a daycare and long story short I (thought I was helping a behavioral child) by showing her a bug that the class had captured a few weeks before. While showing the bug ( for the child to get a better look I opened the container) it jumped out and landed on the child (although I took immediate action to rescue the child) So Im being accused of frienghtening a child (emotional abuse). So now Im scared for when I began to look for another job in childcare how do I go about it or putting it on an application.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You just explained it really. There was a shift in management and the newest supervisor felt you were not a good fit for the position. Explain why, what you learned from it, and how you will approach situations like that in the future.

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      MT 2 months ago

      In my 5th month at a company, I was on my 3rd manager because things kept getting shifted in terms of managers & work load. I did not see eye to eye with my last manager. We were working in two different locations so there was never a in person meeting. I would ask questions on projects & one time she told me I asked too many repetitive questions. I was terminated because she said I wasn’t s fit for the position. How can I rely to hiring managers I was fired due to not being s good fit and explain what I learned? Thank you so much!

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You can simply state you and your supervisor did not see eye to eye, so you were let go. You don't specifically know what it was, but you were thankful for the learning experience and intend to put that experience towards any future position you may have.

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      Liz 2 months ago

      I was working as a vet tech at an animal hospital. A friend who had started there previously helped me get the job. I interviewed and was hired by the practice manager. I worked hard and learned fast from day 1. I enjoyed my job and all of my co-workers, who I am still good friends with, loved working with me. The owner however, was verbally abusive toward several of us and obviously had personal disdain for us. We still do not know why. In a review by my direct supervisor, the tech manager, she said "I don't know what to tell you. I think you're doing a great job. You just have to make her like you." Not long after that I was fired by the practice manager who hired me. She herself was fired not long after that. The reason that she gave me was, "You haven't done any specific thing wrong, she just doesn't like you as a person for some reason." Like I said, this was not just me, it happened to several people while I was there and several more after I left. I've never known how to approach explaining this. I don't want to own up to wrongs that I never committed, and I know you should never bad mouth a previous employer. I also don't want to be dishonest about being let go. I've been advised to say things like, "There was a difference of opinion" or "Our personalities did not mix." But these sound awful and aren't true at all. I tried very hard to work with her, every day that I was there.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I had a job just like that I was fired from. I realized after awhile I couldn't do sales and got out of that line of work altogether. Have you ever considered that?

      If not, it would be hard to explain. You were terminated due to not following a policy, which you can state. When they want details, you can provide that exact reason why, however, it would hurt your chances of finding a new job in sales.

      You could state that particular lines of sales didn't fit for you exactly, but you know the one you are interviewing for will fit the kinds of sales you want.

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      jthom89 2 months ago

      Hi David, I was recently fired due to a new policy to upsell product to every customer, every time. I did my best for several months but I got to a point where I was selling expensive products to people I know for a fact could not afford it, plus the more expensive product added no more value to their situation than a less expensive product. I harbor no ill will to my now past employer but am at a loss as to what to say on an application or interview, especially since I will be getting back into sales. I don't want to be seen as a potential problem employee or someone who wouldn't take the job seriously. Thank you so much!

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      If you resign from a position, you don't have to go into detail why. You can state you felt the employment ran it's course, and you decided to go into business for yourself and continue your education. Now that you have, you are looking to reenter the workforce with your current experience in government, running your own business, and your continued education.

      Sure, they may contact the agency to find out about you, but they shouldn't reveal information about a proposed disciplinary action since nothing final was done with it due to you resigning.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Stated you were terminated due to attendance issues, which you have accepted and corrected the improper behavior.

      In an interview, state you did have an attendance issue, but have accepted the problem and corrected the issue. That you felt remorse for the burden put on your supervisor and coworkers, realized the impact it had, and you are determined never to let it happen again.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      The problem is if you state you were wrongfully terminated due to retaliation, it will look like you are shifting the blame, even if you were in the right. Plus without more details, it's hard to say exactly what you would say.

      I would state that you do not know why you were terminated as you were never given a specific reason.

      I recommend you call your former employer and ask why you were terminated, as you need an official reason.

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      Alex 2 months ago

      Hi, I believe I was wrongfully terminated due to retaliation. I am seeking employment today but I am having a difficult time stating why I was terminated because I was never given a reason.

      How do I explain this on my application and a potential interview?

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      Hopkins73 2 months ago

      I was fired for too many absences and late-ins. Mea culpa. I have corrected my entitlement attitude and take full responsibility for my actions. I feel horrible for letting my supervisor and coworkers down. How should I approach this on an online application and/or interview? How much should I divulge? I won't lie about it, but I want to convey to them that I have learned a hard, humbling lesson. Thanks so much for your help!

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      KAA909 2 months ago

      Hi, approximately 7 yrs ago I resigned from the federal government before a proposed disciplinary action was given to me. I was an outstanding performance appraised federal employee for over 26 yrs. In my last 5 yrs I accepted a position with a great agency and a just as great Director. My Director was promoted to a position and her Deputy Director was promoted to Director of my agency. There had been a LOT of tension between the Deputy Director and myself but my Director would run interference and smooth things out. Once she left things went HORRIBLELY wrong between the new Director and myself. I was investigated by the Office of General Counsel for use of my government credit card. A letter was sent to me after the investigation that they found no wrong doing and that no further procedures/steps would be taken. My now Director decided she was going to do her own investigation and went back 7 yrs of me being a credit card holder and placed me on paid administrative leave while doing her investigation. She brought up charges she interpreted as questionable. I was not working for her or the agency during the time the credit card charges but they were relavent to the agency that I worked for during that time. Her measures were so aggressive and because I was placed on admin leave I only had 7 days to defend myself after her investigation I resigned before her proposed disciplinary action - I felt threatened, scared, and alone. I have been running my own business since then and have aquired 2 Masters in another field that requires extensive background checks. How do I last this on the background check application? Thanks!

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      First off, you aren't whining. The situation you are in is very understandable.

      I do recommend you consult with a mental health professional actually. They can provide assistance in helping you with your mental well being. Some organizations provide vocational services that can help you find a job as well, especially wit your skill-set.

      I also ask if you have had thoughts of suicide. If so, I encourage you to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7, plus it's confidential and free.

      Regarding how to approach an interview. I recommend you don't focus on that incident. It's not unusual for a new owner to come in, change things, and get rid of anything from the past. In an interview you can state that you were terminated due to not fitting with the vision of the new owner and you are eager to move on with another organization. Then go into your experience in the dental field.

      If you need anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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      David Livermore 2 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's hard to explain a situation like this. Have you resolved the issues regarding you missing work and/or coming in late? Even with a doctor's note, it may not be enough if there are other attendance issues going on. If you have resolved the issues, you can state that you did have some absences, but you have resolved those issues and don't expect them to come up again in the future.

      And you shouldn't clock in early either. Many organizations don't want staff working anymore hours or outside their regular hours unless assigned to do so. So you'll want to state that you know to follow your shift schedule exactly unless directed otherwise.

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      Dental Diva 2 months ago

      After 16 years at a dental office that I was planning to retire from, I was terminated, because i wasn't on board with the young dentist vision, who bought my former employer's practice. She never told me or my now former co workers what that vision was, plus the new dentist bought another practice on top of that, and moved it to our building. The termination destroyed me. I fell into a panic driven spiral, depression, fear, embarrassment. I was never told why I was fired, just not on board with her vision. I haven't worked in a year in a half, then I got a job as a floating assistant at another office making less money, let's call it a glorified maid. I was laid off from that job. I'm looking for a job, but no one is calling. I sold my house, because i was going to lose it, moved in with my boyfriend, who is now my husband. That's another story there. I was going to seek employment in another state. Anyway, I'm scared to interview now and I'm afraid to work in retail or restaurant's, due to fear of shame, embarrassment from former patients, people I know. I don't want to leave the house. My husband is tired of carrying the weight. I'm trying to find a job, but no one is calling and I had my resume cleaned up and updated. I'm no longer the confident, can do attitude Dental Assistant I once was. I'm a former shell of myself. Maybe I should be expressing this to a mental health expert, lol. I want to work, just seem fearful. I know, quit whining and do something about it.

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      Bob Jackson 3 months ago

      I was terminated after 21 years at big box store. The stated reason was too many unexcused absences in a 12 month period. When I produced a Dr.s note for three of those absences they switched horses midstream and said I'd been late several times. They also correctly noted that I clocked in early many times (I did this due to them telling the night shift to leave early and me losing hours/money because of that. The Mgr who fired me actually hired me 21 years ago. She was a great boss but I feel her hands were tied by corporate. I knew about the policy but should have sought clarification on some points. What should I say if asked?

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      David Livermore 3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Unfortunately you have to state you were terminated for leaving work without permission. However, in any interviews you can state why. A good employer will understand that, but a bad employer will not.

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      Gotta work 3 months ago

      I was terminated from my previous employer because I was unable to complete my shift due to inclement weather I had a school-age child staying with my neighbor out of desperation because everything was closed during that time. the roads were becoming progressively worse and I had to make sure that I got home to get her. I notified management of this and he basically threatened to report me to HR. however but I had no other choice but to leave. so I notified him of this explained my situation and left. A week later I was terminating for what he called leaving without supervisor approval. What is the best way to explain the situation when seeking a new job?

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      David Livermore 3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's unfortunate, but there must have been something. But at least it was during your probation, that is better than it being after you pass probation.

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      anita2018 3 months ago

      On the last day of my probation, my direct supervisor told me that she did not make this decision, but it was my last day. The only reason they gave me was that it was an "at will" employment. All my coworkers, many clients were shocked; they said I was hardworking. Me, of course; always did the work properly, never late, was always careful. The CEO previously talked to me about her plan for me; it seemed hopful that I was able to stay. The supervisor was always happy with my work. She actually called the CEO and called me back to confirm that yes, it was my last day. Nobody was able to imagine the reason why it was my last day.

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      David Livermore 3 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That... seems extreme. There had to be some other reason for this, unless you had a purposeful reason to not include the name on the application.

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      Sue 3 months ago

      I was terminated from my employer in 2009 because I did not list my immediate supervisor's name on an application.

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You can't talk about why you think you were let go. If they didn't give you a reason, then there isn't much you can do. If anyone calls your employer, they may tell them, and then you would have to explain it.

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      Veronica L 4 months ago

      I was let go from a previous employer. It was not explained to me but I had an idea. My evaluation was excellent ; however, I think it was due to an open case investigation of false allegations which is closed and nothing was found as they were false. I am currently going through a family court case. The job was dealing with family case investigations.

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Exactly that, except drop the inability to complete tasks on time. When you are in your interview, you can go into more detail. If you have improved or figured out how to, then discuss that as well.

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      MDenis 4 months ago

      I was terminated because I did not meet expectations set forth by the company as stated per the job description and inability to complete tasks on time. What should I tell a prospective employer on a job application.

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      First off you don't want to blame your previously boss, even if they were in the wrong. If future employers see you do that, they may think you will blame them if you end up failing or casting blame on others.

      Instead, you will state there was a breakdown in communication and in what your job role was. Due to that, you were let go. Then state you will now ask clarifying questions immediately, ask for support when it's needed, and so on.

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That's tough since you didn't provide too many details. However, you can state you were terminated due to inappropriate conduct with another employee. You will have to explain that more in an interview and that you won't do it again.

      It will be hard to explain, depending on the situation, and possibly embarrassing. But, if you own up to it and state you won't do it again, it will go a long way.

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      phoenix143 4 months ago

      Hi David, I got terminated from a job and I feel really bad about it. I am applying for work now and I'm at lost on what is the best answer to give whenever I was asked why I left my job after staying there for a year. The reasons I got terminated as outlined by my ex-boss is due to my 'poor communication' and from the mistakes that I've committed when I was just started working like 3 months on the job with no one to provide support to me. When I was just working 2 to 3 months in that job I was asked to do the work of 2 other colleagues. Consequently this led me not to focus on my own work. I've raised my concern at that time to my ex-boss that I needed help and she just shrugged her shoulders. At that time I was desperate to get a job to support myself though that job is not really in-line with my career path.

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      Sourav De 4 months ago

      I was fired from my job due to misconduct with my junior. So, How do I tackle the question that why you left the job?

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      4 months ago

      Over the road truck driver terminated after approx. 6 months for having an accident in company truck.

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You didn't show up to work and didn't call to let them know? You're lucky you weren't fired after the first incident.

      I recommend on any future job applications you state you were fired due to now following policy when taking time off. Then in an interview you explain the situation, state it was your first job, and didn't know any better. But you learned from your mistake (hopefully).

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      Taylor 4 months ago

      I was fired from my first job where i was working as a dishwasher for only a month, it was my first job working for a family owned restaurant (i wasn't part of the family however), but i got fired for 2 no call no shows which i didnt know was a bad thing because no body told me at that place it was a no no, so i wasnt even aware of it until i was told i was fired for that and now i know its a bad thing and now i know it doesnt help me get another job even though im being honest on my application about it.. Im stuck trying to find another job but i dont know how to successfully land a job and the guy i was told to talk to about it went on vacation after he sent his friend to fire me, i wasnt told when he'd be back and i checked in twice withing 2 weeks and they kept telling me he isnt back yet, wat do?

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      David Livermore 4 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Here is the issue - if you were let go due to too many absences, that's on you, not your managers. Sure, they verbally told you they would take care of it, but those are just words. Unless it's in writing it doesn't mean anything.

      If you are on probation and you miss work, I understand why they let you go. The first question you have to ask is how you will prevent that in the future.

      For any job application you can state you were let go during your probationary period. Unless the application asks for me, you don't have to go into detail. If it does, state it was due to too many absences.

      In a job interview you can talk about the situation. Don't talk about everything you just wrote here. Instead, state you resolved the issue and don't expect to have those kind of absences.

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      Adrianna084 4 months ago

      I was let go during the end of my probationary period in a retail job because I was a point over my allowed absences. The day in question was Dec. 9, and I was fired December 30. However, my absence was approved by the SM and APM, two salaried members of management. They agreed to remove the point, if I received one. Well, I had received one, and I alerted them of the situation. They said it was taken off, but apparently it never went through the system. I tried getting ahold of them today, because this isn't right, but neither of the managers were there. In the meantime, I need to be applying for a new part time job, and I don't know how to proceed with that information. I had about 25 days before my probationary period was over. (6 months). What do you suggest?

      I should add my direct ASM, I felt, wanted me gone and was looking for a way to get rid of me. She kept denying all of my requests, avoiding me, etc. She also watched me more heavily than the others, my customers and other coworkers pointed it out as well. I requested for a dep. change several times. I spoke to management about my situation with her. (Open door policy). Of course I wouldn't mention any of that on an application or in an interview, but it makes the situation a little more complex.

      (Sorry, and thank your for taking your time to help me)!

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      No, even if you are in the right, it may look like you will dispute anything future employers may not want to hire you. It will be your word against your previous employer's.

      State you were terminated, but you are in dispute with the reasons behind it. If you are asked why, you can state you reported a compliance issue and soon after you were terminated, but don't go into detail about what you are doing or that it's retaliation.

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      Mt09 5 months ago

      I was fired as a retaliation for reporting compliance issues to the corporate office, this is illegal and I am in the process of pursuing that, but should I report it that way on an application?

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well resigning is different from termination. You can simply state you left since you felt the job wasn't for you, which is truthful.

      As far as former co-workers, you can't worry about that either. Just state you feel this job is more in-line with what you are looking for and you expect to excel at the position.

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      Jocelyn88 5 months ago

      This is all very useful information. Thank you. I was let go from a position where I was, to be honest, in over my head. I resigned in lieu of termination and have discussed the termination and how I've addressed those issues in interviews and I feel comfortable with how it has gone. Now, I would like to apply for a position at an institution where many of the personnel I'd be interacting with have relationships with people or previously used to work at my former institution. There is no way that they don't know the circumstances of my termination. The position is definitely more in line with my skill set and would give me the opportunity to"start over" at a level where I can excel. I am not sure if I should address this in my cover letter and, of so, how. (By the way, I am acquainted with the hiring manager myself as I my prior position was basically the equivalent of his/hers.)

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      On job applications you can state you were terminated for failure to follow the proper process when clocking in at the beginning of your shift.

      During an interview, you can explain the details. State you clocked in on your cell phone instead of your desktop computer, despite it being against policy. Don't state there isn't a policy. If it's a verbal direction, you would still be expected to follow it. Then, you can state you understood your error and will follow the proper procedures set forth in the next job you receive.

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      Angela 5 months ago

      I'm a Medical Assistant and I worked for a large hospital organization for close to 5 years. I was fired for clocking in on my cell phone rather than at my workplace's desktop computer. There wasn't and still isn't a policy that states that this is forbidden. However, I do accept full responsibility and am not trying to pass the blame onto anyone else. What are the exact words I can say when applying for jobs online that ask the 'reason for leaving' on a job application? Also, what is something I can say in a job interview?

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      For a general response, you may want to state you failed to follow the directions from your supervisor. I agree, a boss shouldn't dictate when you go to the bathroom, but anything outside of the norm would probably require a doctor's note justifying it.

      Simply state you didn't follow your boss' directives. If asked why, state what happened. Then offer how you will handle it in the future so it doesn't escalate how it did. A good employer won't look down on you for that, if you state you will handle it better in the future.

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      Cody 5 months ago

      Hi David. I came across your article trying to look for a professional but general response to being fired. I was fired because I put my foot down on my manager and the company as a whole for trying to control when I go to the bathroom. I feel that if I said this though, truthful or not, it would simply be seen as whining and childish. What do you think the best response would be in my case? Thank you for your help!

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      So they fired you because you knew about it and didn't tell anyone? How did they find out?

      On any application/interview you can state that you were fired for not disclosing that another employee was going to leave the job. In a job interview, you can go into it in more detail. It was a small company, with no HR department, so you were dismissed. If it was an at-will employment, those things happen. Just try to explain the situation in more detail during an interview.

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      Nicole 5 months ago

      Hello,

      At my most recent employer a colleague outside of my department communicated to me that he had received a job offer and would potentially submit a two-week notice of resignation the next business day. I did not disclose that information to the colleague's supervisor, as I felt the professional relationship between the company and that employee was their business and not mine. Despite it not being in violation of any company policy or my job responsibilities, I was terminated. There wasn't an HR department or representative employed by the company (small company) to discuss this matter or approve of the decision made by my supervisor.

      What do you advise I list as the reason for leaving on future job applications?

      Thank you!

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Unfortunately all I can say is to keep trying. I was terminated from a job too and it took many applicants to find another job.

      I also did some temp work between permanent jobs, as it helps build up experience and consistent job history after a termination.

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      Demetria Mitchell 5 months ago

      Hi Mr. Livermore I asked the previous question and no I wasn't an officer. I actually began as a medical assistant to hr Clerk and at the end master scheduler to the inmates. So it was administrative work. My field of training is in the administrative and health-care field but I'm often asked of this job and I never hear back from them. I don't want to be back in corrections ever but other jobs are hard to obtain.

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Sounds like you were a law enforcement officer or a corrections officer. Unfortunately even if you are accused and not vindicated, it's hard to get another job, especially in the field of corrections. Usually an internal affairs investigation was done, do you have any details about that or anything you could provide prospective employers?

      If not, then you may have to move on to another field. You can move on to a private investigator, for example.

      Otherwise, you need to explain the situation, and, that if you did do it, you know the procedures to take to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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      Demetria 5 months ago

      I was wrongfully accused of bringing something to an inmate wind was forces to resign but on my credit report they have terminated on it. I haven't worked in two years due to this. I get a few interviews but not in my field and I have degrees and certifications. What do I do I was with that company for five years and have had a hard time getting back up. Not knowing how to explain this is the single culprit. Thanks in advance!!!

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Laid off and being fired are two different things. If you are laid off, it's not due to your performance. You can state you were laid off, as the company was bought out and changes were made. However, if you were fired, you need to state why. That the company was bought out, changes were made, and you weren't able to do what was expected of you. But did you learn anything? Did you learn to try to be more flexible and try to cope with those changes? That's what those interviewing you will want to hear.

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      JLea 5 months ago

      I worked at a collection agency for 6 years and the company was bought out by a man that owned one of our rival collection agencies. He came in and changed all policies, cut our commission, and raised our collection goals to a ridiculous amount that I couldn’t reach , so I was laid off permanently due to not meeting my goal . They did allow me to draw unemployment, but I’m ready to work , and need to explain on my resume’ that I’d been laid off .

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Unfortunately it sounds like you did this to yourself. If you no called, no showed, that is a reason you will get fired. If you didn't like the work environment, then that's when you quit.

      Furthermore, blaming your boss is never the way to go.

      What I recommend is you state you failed to show up to work because you did not like the work environment. You know that was wrong to do and will not do it again in the future.

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      Rae 5 months ago

      I was a no call no show because I had repeatedly asked to move positions. For selfish reasons of my boss, she refused to let the other managers train me. I never showed up. How to explain this?

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Explain it just like you did. You were terminated based on what happened in your old position. But did you learn anything from that? If so, you need to explain that during the interview. That will be the important part of the interview. If you didn't learn anything, it will show those interviewing you that you did not grow from the experience.

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Well it sounded like you quit and didn't get fired, which is fine. You can state that you felt the company was not a good fit for you.

      A lot of organizations will expect a quick paced work environment, but some expect precision as well. Hopefully you researched this job to know it's best suited for your talents.

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      Need a Job 5 months ago

      I was recently fired for "for cause, related to alteration of documents". Basically I had been following a paperwork processing procedure that my manager was aware of, and never informed me was incorrect. I was let go, she was let go and so was our boss. To make matters even more confusing, my manager and I had switched positions two weeks before being let go.

      I took over her job, and she took over mine. How do I explain why I was fired only 2 weeks into the job, for something that happened during my old position?

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      lucy Mary 5 months ago

      I am very thorough with my caring job because of this, colleagues considered me slow and the company wants everybody to rush all the time, without worrying about their care standards. I, then, explained to the manager that I couldn't follow this, and wanted to leave. She said sorry for the system, and off I went. Now for the next interview, I don't know what to say why I left the company.

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      David Livermore 6 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      You want to state that you failed to follow the proper policy and procedure, but, you learned from mistakes made and won't repeat them in the future.

      You are obviously unhappy with why you were let go. If you mention any of what you just said in an interview, you will have a hard time finding a job. Even though it was a minor thing you were let go for, it was still within their right to let you go as long as it didn't break any laws. So don't throw your old bosses under the bus in any job interviews.

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      Frustrated 6 months ago

      I was let go because the new boss didn't like me and made it his goal to get me out of there. They decided to let me go because I wasn't following policy & procedures. (It was something minor that everybody does. Nobody else got written up for either.)

      I was a model employee and someone management and my coworkers would go to when they had issues. I was about to make supervisor before the new management took over. I had dedicated 5 years to the job and took it very seriously.

      I'm not sure how exactly to phrase it. "A difference of direction with the company" or "Hitting a ceiling with the company."

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      David Livermore 7 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      It's tough since you aren't giving details. I assume this is a company owned jail facility compared to a government run facility.

      You just need to be honest why you terminated. Also keep in mind that you were on probation, some jobs don't ask about jobs you were terminated from while on probation.

      However, being honest is always best. You can state what you learned from the job and how you won't repeat the problem in any future jobs.

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      sara 7 months ago

      So I was terminated from a corrections officer position during my probationary period. I was a coulee months from the end of my probation ending and noticed that we had a lot of officers from my class, all having the same probationary time, getting fired. In my case it was listening to the veterans of the company and them telling me that I could do things a certain way and then me doing it that way ended up with me getting fired. I am looking to go apply for another jail and not sure how to say I was fired. It is a very responsibility focused job and don't want to go into a ton of detail... so how would I word that and put that on a job application?

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      David Livermore 7 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Explain them just like that (but leave out the specific medical details). However, I have advice on each item:

      1. State you learned that you will call-in to follow-up to make sure the note was received and they understand you will be off work until whatever date.

      2. Never text message, always call in. If you do send a text, make sure you get a response. If you don't, then call. You can state you learned that from this experience as well.

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      MarshonG 7 months ago

      ok I have a 2 questions because these 2 are kind of the same thing... ok my first is from tyson fresh meats, a pig plant in waterloo iowa... i was out of work on a sprained ankle... i went to the dr got my excuse and everything... when i came back to work the dr's told me i had to wear a brace around my ankle which couldnt fit in my work boot... so i had to go back to the dr to get excused for more days off... so when i finally come back to work roughly a week and a half later... i was called into the office saying that i was receiving points on all days i was off work because i did not call in... but i had a dr's excuse with all of the dates that i missed... and whne you have those you dont need to call in... so i was terminated for that... I ended up filing for unemployment and won the case based on the fact that I had documentation that I was not supposed to be at work.

      my 2nd one... i was working for a truck unloading company in richmond, va... i sent my supervisor a text saying that i might not be in because of diarrhea.... he texted an hour later asking if i were still coming in... I sent a text saying that i wouldnt be in because my stomach got no better... but i didnt know the text didnt go through on my end... he texted back later that night saying i was fired because he didnt hear back from me... i screen shotted him the text i sent and explained i didnt realize the text didnt send... I took full responsibility...

      I just dont know how to explain these situations on applications for reason for leaving

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      David Livermore 7 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      This is a tough one. You do need to be honest in the details, but the problem is if you say your previous supervisor/organization was lying, future employers will think you won't respond positively to future supervisors.

      You can state why you were terminated, and while you felt it was a misunderstanding, you learned from the experience. That you will ensure to pronounce all words clearly, apologize if the wrong thing is said, etc.

      Try not to focus too much on the negative.

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