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Should You Include the Job on Your Resume if You Were Fired?

Should You Include the Job on Your Resume if You Were Fired?

What to do on your resume if you're fired?Martin writes, “I was fired from my last job, which I held for over six months. The HR director would probably say I was fired if employers were checking my history. Should I just omit the job from my resume? This is my second job out of college.”Kim’s Answer: I’m sorry for your recent job circumstances, and I hope that your next position is a great opportunity for you. I wouldn’t omit your last job because it’s possible that they would say you were fired. Be ready to explain what happened in an interview, keeping the explanation as positive as possible. Check out Ryck’s post at the Monster Blog on how to explain getting fired.If this is only your second job, keep in mind that it’s common for people in their early career to switch jobs. Some employers like to source candidates with several years of work experience because they’re more likely to know what would be a good fit. It will be important for you to do a lot of research on your target job and target employer so that you are more likely to find a position that works for you.Best wishes,Kim Isaacs

  • Terry

    I would just omit the job from your resume. After being fired, you’re kind of viewed as a pariah. If a guy has equal qualifications and he was never fired, he’ll get the job. So, it’s a dog-eat-dog world, and being 100% honest all the time never does much good unless you want to work for free.Take your marriage for example, there are some things that go better unsaid. It’s not that you’re being dishonest, but being completely honest can more often than not, be detrimental to certain special relationships we have, like marriage. Same goes for a job. That might be a perfectly good explanation, but you’ll always be that guy who got fired.