Will Former Employer Say Bad Things?


Anonymous writes:
I was terminated from my previous job. Could my ex-employer say any
negative things that will reflect on my chances on getting a job?



The Career Doctor responds:
Possible? Yes. Likely? No.
Given our litigious society employers are getting more and more tight-lipped
about what they say about former employees — so that it does not come back
to haunt them.
That said most employers will state that you were terminated and some may
state whether you were fired for cause or simply terminated… so you need to
face the fact that in many cases a prospective new employer may very well
know you were fired.
But I think you need to spend less time worrying about what a former employer
might say about you and more time on how you are dealing with being fired –
and what you have learned from the experience.
From my work with job-seekers I know that getting terminated — whether for cause
or downsized — is tough on the ego so you need to pick yourself up off the ground
shake off the termination and go right back out there and seek new employment.
Don’t let the termination affect your job-hunting. Do not bring it up in your cover letter resume or interview.
But do be prepared to address the issue if it is raised in an interview. Your
prospective new employer is going to want to know what you have learned
from the experience — and you need to be prepared with a good answer. You never
want to sound bitter — and you never want to badmouth a former boss or employer.
Read my article Getting
Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth
published on Quintessential Careers.

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Anonymous writes:
I was terminated from my previous job. Could my ex-employer say any
negative things that will reflect on my chances on getting a job?



The Career Doctor responds:
Possible? Yes. Likely? No.
Given our litigious society employers are getting more and more tight-lipped
about what they say about former employees — so that it does not come back
to haunt them.
That said most employers will state that you were terminated and some may
state whether you were fired for cause or simply terminated… so you need to
face the fact that in many cases a prospective new employer may very well
know you were fired.
But I think you need to spend less time worrying about what a former employer
might say about you and more time on how you are dealing with being fired –
and what you have learned from the experience.
From my work with job-seekers I know that getting terminated — whether for cause
or downsized — is tough on the ego so you need to pick yourself up off the ground
shake off the termination and go right back out there and seek new employment.
Don’t let the termination affect your job-hunting. Do not bring it up in your cover letter resume or interview.
But do be prepared to address the issue if it is raised in an interview. Your
prospective new employer is going to want to know what you have learned
from the experience — and you need to be prepared with a good answer. You never
want to sound bitter — and you never want to badmouth a former boss or employer.
Read my article Getting
Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth
published on Quintessential Careers.