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Explaining Termination


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Anonymous writes: How do I explain to a potential employer that I was let go from my job after committing an honest mistake that I did not realize there was a policy on?
The Career Doctor responds:
Let me begin by stressing the importance of not raising this issue — ever — but especially not in your cover letter or resume. (And yes, we often come across these odd admissions.) Even in the interview, let the employer ask you why you left your last job. Once the issue has been raised, the best answer is always the truth. Admit that you made a mistake — and, more importantly, show how you have learned from that mistake. Read my article, Getting Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth.