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6 Tips for Job Seekers Who Have Been Fired

Our resume writers weigh in

Keep that chin up! Here's how to bounce back from being fired. [TWEET]

You’ve been fired. It sucks, we know, but don’t panic! The next steps you take are crucial to moving on and proactively finding something that’s a better fit that you’ll love. Our resume writers are here to help, check out what they have to say.

  1. Don’t panic and don’t tell the whole world what happened. Take the time to create a new resume that best reflects your goals and is tailored to the type of job you’re going to pursue next. You can also say something like “I had done what I set out to do and was ready to explore new challenges,” which sounds truthful and won’t make you look defensive. Never complain about your former company or boss! – Resume writer, Joanna
  2. Never speak badly of a past employer. Provide minimal information and only if asked. Keep any explanation short and concise. “The company was downsizing and I was considering making a job change, so I felt it was a good time to do so.” “My employer and I had philosophical differences that couldn’t be resolved.” – Resume writer, Cheryl
  3. Don’t get discouraged, it happens to the best of us. The important thing is to get your resume together and move forward. You don’t even have to mention you were terminated. – Resume writer, Keith
  4. If the hiring manager finds out, don’t make excuses. Show the hiring manager what you learned from the situation and how you’ve improved yourself. – Resume writer, Mark
  5. Depending on why, be honest about what you learned.  “We mutually agreed it was time to part ways” works as well – considering you are not currently chained to your desk refusing to leave, this is technically true. – Resume writer, Carrie
  6. This ultimately depends on circumstances. If a company ceased operations or was purchased by another company that re-staffed entirely, candidates often ask to have this included on a resume as a final bullet in a job description/noted in the title of the company and I generally approve of this. It shows that the client being let go had nothing to do with performance. As a more overarching rule regarding layoffs and firings, though, I don’t generally recommend that clients detail out the situation in the resume itself. Instead, I feel that an honest explanation given in a cover letter or discussed in an interview is fair. I always advise against a client lying about a situation; I’ve had clients ask about using different job titles, etc. and always tell them to be as honest as possible in reflecting oneself. – Resume writer, Lauren

Now, take some deep breaths, put together a game plan, stay positive, and be honest! You’ve got this.

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