Were you fired from your last job? Relax. It’s not the end of the world.

The fact that things did not work out at your previous job does not depreciate the value you can bring to an organization.

Rather than get caught up in negative feelings, or resentment towards your former employer, stay positive and think about all of your accomplishments and skills.

Then get to work on updating your resume. Unsure of how to address being fired on your resume?

Here are some quick tips to help you out:

  • Be honest. If you were terminated by your previous employer, you might be tempted to avoid putting an “end date” on the employment history portion of your resume. Resist the urge to write “present.” It’s going to come to light at some point in the process. Be upfront about it. After all, you don’t need to say “fired” on your resume, or give any details about your termination. Save the discussion for the interview.
  • Showcase your skills. Make sure that your resume highlights all of your skills and achievements. Captivate the hiring manager with the experience and knowledge you bring to the table. If your resume is strong, it should overshadow the fact that you are not currently working.
  • Have strong references. Reach out to individuals who can speak to your work ethic and who have positive things to say about you. Let them know that you are currently job seeking, and that they might be called by your prospective employers – it will help them gather their thoughts about you. In addition to including your references’ phone numbers, don’t be afraid to include any letters of recommendation you may have.
  • Were you in the role for a long time? Or just a couple of months? If you weren’t in the role for a long period of time, you may want to not include it at all on your resume. Decide whether a gap in employment or an “end date” is preferable to you.

You’re not the first person to be fired. You won’t be the last person to be fired. It happens.

Remain positive and focus on your next step – finding a better fit.

Spend some time working on your resume and make sure that it showcases the very best of your abilities. That’s your first step. Once you have the interview scheduled, you can think about how to best approach the topic in person.

If you have difficulty finding employment, consider reaching out to a staffing firm.

Many recruiting firms offer resources to job seekers, such as coaching and interview preparation. They will prove to be an invaluable resource to you.

Let the experienced recruiting team at Masiello help you in your search. We are committed to providing the best opportunities possible.  Contact us today.