(Closed) Help! Application question about why you left your job, Fired

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Perhaps just leave it off the application. If they run a background check, it must mean they like you enough to want to spend the money on the check, so they will likely just ask you about it. In that case, just explain what happened.

Post # 4
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would put it on the resume, but just put that you left to “pursue other employment opportunities.”  That’s what I tell my clients (I’m a job coach), and it’s worked for them.

Post # 6
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would use it anyways, and just say that you left to find a job that better matches your skill set.

Post # 7
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would not leave it off your resume or application – lying by omission is still lying.  I work in an industry that does background checks like that, and if you don’t report sometihng that major, they won’t give you the job.  I would be up front with them and explain the situation (hopefully in person).  People appreciate honesty.

Post # 8
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Omgbunnies:  At my company, if you do this, we have to rescind your offer. This is a global fortune 500 company, though.

OP, include it and write what thatredheadbride suggested.

Post # 9
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Agree with the thatredheadbride

Post # 10
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Never ever lie!  Is it asking you directly “Were you fired?”  “Check here” or is it more of “why did you leave this position”- if the later is the case, I am sure you can think of something that is not a lie- if the former- then just tell the truth.  Why were you fired?  It sounds like they were “downsizing”- you might be able to say something like that.  When in doubt, just do not lie.  If there is even one indiscrepancy during a background check- they won’t hire you.

Example:  Darling Husband put down that he had an Associates Degree- which he does- but the lady in the office at the small school never filed the official work (DH did not know this, and it was the lady’s fault)- and they were not going to hire him – because he said he did and didn’t technically (he was able to call and have it filed so he got the job).  So, they were going to not hire him because of the indiscrepancy, not because he did or did not have that degree.  Just something to think about.

Post # 11
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

To me being fired is more like when you’ve screwed up or weren’t doing your job properly, which doesn’t sound like this was the case. Your first position was no longer available, they put you in a different position until the person there returned to work. It sounds more like a temp position that was ended rather than you getting fired. So maybe just put that? “Temporary position ended” or something? Being fired just has negative conotations if you ask me.

Post # 12
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I worked in HR for a while and I always tell people to put “Left for various reasons” then if the potential employer asks you can elaborate but the reasoning can mean anything…change in management, lay offs, left because you weren’t happy with your job.  The list can go on. 

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