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i dont wanna lie, BUT I really want this job!!!!

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    avatarhopelesslostgrl
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    Hi,
    I am a ambitious 28 yr old woman from philly. I have recently just lost my job and I have a few interviews lined up this week! The problem is I’ve never been fired from a job before and I’m not sure if I should disclose this info on my job apps???? HELPPPPP

    #876238 Reply
    CopaCopa
    Participant

    You need to be honest. Check out Ask A Manager for help on how to explain getting fired in interview situations — she has advice on it.

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    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    Jesus Christ. If they ask on the application whether you’ve been let go for cause (have you?), then you need to state yes you have. If you were part of a lay-off, not for cause, that’s not the same thing.

    I don’t remember job applications asking me this question. Do they?

    For when you get to an interview, you need to have a good solid explanation prepared for why you left your last job. Askamanager should have good templates for this.

    #876242 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    Don’t volunteer you were fired if you’re not asked, but also do not lie. You just can’t do that, and they’re likely going to call your former employer if they want to make you an offer. You’ll get blacklisted for lying and never be able to apply there again. If they find out you lied somehow after hiring you, you’ll get fired again, and that’s a huge problem.

    #876265 Reply
    avatarFyodor
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    If you lied during the interview, you will be living under a cloud forever. They can fire you five years from now over it.

    #876267 Reply
    avatarPDX816
    Guest

    i have been let go from a couple jobs, it happens. I do not put it on my job applications. but they almost always ask why you left your last position. You can spin that. “I was let go from my last position. I was deeply unhappy and was not working at my top potential because it wasn’t a good fit. I learned a lot about myself and am better prepared for my next chapter.” Do not lie about it, that will never turn out well.

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    CopaCopa
    Participant

    For jobs I’ve applied to through online portals, I’ve had to fill out online applications to go along with my resume/CL and have seen questions that ask if you’ve ever been terminated. I’ve also had to fill out online applications that require you to list all past jobs, dates of employment, and provide a reason for leaving.

    But yeah, if asked, don’t lie. It sounds like you’re past the application stage since you have interviews lined up, so hopefully you didn’t lie. Because it can be easily verified. AAM also says: “Don’t lie. If the employer uncovers the truth, it’ll destroy your credibility. You’ll show much more integrity by owning up to it.”

    Here’s the AAM link: https://www.askamanager.org/2010/10/how-to-explain-you-were-fired-when.html.

    People find work after being fired all the time. It doesn’t need to be a dealbreaker if you’re a great candidate.

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