Have you ever being fired, canned, shown the door, booted? How was the experience of explaining “all that” to your potential employer? Did you sweat during the interview when it came done to sharing the details? If you’ve never been through this, then you wouldn’t have the slightest clue of how to handle the situation.
Been shown the door can happen to anyone at any time and without notice, how do you handle that on your next phase?
Below are few tips to help you out.
1.Be frank about it
How frank you might ask? People get fired for whole lot of reasons, some avoidable, some apparently not. You may get fired for showing up late on consecutive times and you could get fired for dealing drugs and/or showing up at work drunk and other times it could be for scrupulous behaviors that may cost the company time and money.
When that happens, the number one rule is tell the truth. Why? If you get caught covering up dirty “deeds” on the interviewing phase and your employer finds about it later and most of them do have their ways of finding out, you would be putting your career at unnecessary risks.
So, how do you objectively go about it?
You might try something along these lines:
Regrettably, my performance didn’t meet the company’s expectations. Since that time, I’ve looked introspectively at how I could have improved my performance, and I’m proud to say that my budgeting skills are much better now after taking an accounting class.
2. Learn from your mistakes
MISTAKES…they happen. Some of them detrimental and some of them just banal, something that could have been avoided. This point is more of how to deal with the situation. Rather than dwelling on the painful realities around why “all this happened” to you, use them as a springboard to showcase what you learned—both about your career and yourself as a human being, because we all make mistakes.
Things you would like to ponder at should be around >> what could you have done differently? How would you approach your old job now, with the benefit of hindsight? Before, you didn’t have much experience to approach the subject of your firing, maybe you were naïve, and you may have let petty personality conflicts get the better of you. Now, though, you have experience on your side—and you wouldn’t let that come in the way of your professional life again.
3. Ask for Recommendation
What’s the way forward? Some people might think it to be a ridiculous thought to approach their boss for a recommendation letter after getting canned and their reasons might be justified and other times, you just go for it.
According to Robert Half a recruiter and author at The Robert Half Blog, he cites that your boss may have fired you, but there are probably other former colleagues who would speak to the many professional skills or positive attributes you have to offer.
“Ask former coworkers for LinkedIn recommendations or to serve as references as you look for a new job.” This is in reference to as long as you left those relationships on positive terms.
“Having a recommendation or two from former colleagues can demonstrate to future employers that your work was valued by those other than the individual who terminated your employment,” reads an excerpt on one of his articles.