How Much to Communicate about Past Termination?


James writes:
I was terminated from my last job. On several employment applications
since then I haven’t been able to get employed. I always tell my prospective employer about my last employer and that I was indeed terminated. Should I
omit my past employer that fired me on my future employment applications?
Can my past employer tell others that I was fired? What is my past employer
allowed to communicate to others?


The Career Doctor responds:
I can’t say this fact often enough: job-hunting is all about marketing and selling.
Get the prospective employer hooked on your mix of skills abilities and accomplishments — and then let them see any warts or scratches in the polish.
In other words never broadcast anything negative about yourself to prospective
employers.
Please note. I am not saying you should lie or cover up any negative information.
What I am saying is that you should never volunteer the information. Eventually
you’re going to get a question about why you left your last job — but hopefully
after you’ve had plenty of time to sell yourself.
Remember also that in this economy lots of people — unfortunately — have
been terminated downsized or rightsized so you are not alone.
Can your past employer slam you if a prospective employer calls them? Sure.
How many actually will do so in this very litigious society? Very few. If contacted
most will simply offer your dates of employment and some vague reason for
termination — thus it’s up to you to fill in the details in as positive a way as
possible including demonstrating what you have learned from the experience.
It might also help to read my article
Getting Fired:
An Opportunity for Change and Growth
published on Quintessential Careers.

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James writes:
I was terminated from my last job. On several employment applications
since then I haven’t been able to get employed. I always tell my prospective employer about my last employer and that I was indeed terminated. Should I
omit my past employer that fired me on my future employment applications?
Can my past employer tell others that I was fired? What is my past employer
allowed to communicate to others?


The Career Doctor responds:
I can’t say this fact often enough: job-hunting is all about marketing and selling.
Get the prospective employer hooked on your mix of skills abilities and accomplishments — and then let them see any warts or scratches in the polish.
In other words never broadcast anything negative about yourself to prospective
employers.
Please note. I am not saying you should lie or cover up any negative information.
What I am saying is that you should never volunteer the information. Eventually
you’re going to get a question about why you left your last job — but hopefully
after you’ve had plenty of time to sell yourself.
Remember also that in this economy lots of people — unfortunately — have
been terminated downsized or rightsized so you are not alone.
Can your past employer slam you if a prospective employer calls them? Sure.
How many actually will do so in this very litigious society? Very few. If contacted
most will simply offer your dates of employment and some vague reason for
termination — thus it’s up to you to fill in the details in as positive a way as
possible including demonstrating what you have learned from the experience.
It might also help to read my article
Getting Fired:
An Opportunity for Change and Growth
published on Quintessential Careers.