Getting Fired

Getting fired could occur for a number of reasons. Whatever the case, read our following advice on how to deal with being fired and how to move on quickly from your job without complications.

Future job applications

  • Don't be negative, just be honest
  • You can use language like "job ended" or "terminated" if you need to state why you are no longer working at the job.
  • If you are specifically asked if you were fired, you need to answer yes. Lying on a job application is grounds for dismissal at any time in the future and could cost you future unemployment benefits. You can explain the reasons during your interview.


  • It is perhaps recommended to mention that you were fired before you are asked "Why did you leave your last job?". This will downplay the issue and help you to move on quickly.¬†Keep it brief, keep it honest, and keep it moving." Explain why the dismissal wasn't your fault and explain how you have learned a lesson or perhaps benefited from the experience.
  • Prepare answers to questions about being fired so you know exactly how you are going to answer. Be confident and respond without hesitation.
  • Never lie. Companies check references and background information.
  • Do not contradict yourself. Tell the truth and have one story, and stick to it.
  • Do not insult your former boss or employer. It will make you look like a bitter employee that may cause problems in the future.
  • Focus on the skills and experience you have and how you are going to move on. This will hopefully get you the job!



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