Employers frequently ask if I’ve ever been fired. The question is on a required question on almost every application form I fill out.  I was recently asked this question by one of my clients and I have no idea what to say, so I thought I would go to the expert – YOU!

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3 replies
  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    It’s semantic. Like if your boyfriend dumps you it means that he was wrong for you so you dump him too.

    It’s just he said it first. But both people think the dump is good and right.

    Same with firing. You could answer “yes” or “no” and it would both be true. And references don’t say if they fired you- too dicey from a legal perspective.

    That said, big picture idea people get fired a lot. So if you are that type it might be ok to say yes

    Good luck!


  2. YMKAS
    YMKAS says:

    Depends. Were you let go as part of a lay-off? Say no. Were you fired for cause? Was it more than ten years ago? Say no. If it was very recent and it was for cause, you should be honest. If it was the situation where you were going to quit anyway but they fired you first, say no.

    Just my two cents knowing absolutely nothing about your situation. :)

    SFBRUIN says:

    It is illegal for an employer to say why you left when they receive a request for employment verification. I work in HR, and all we can say is your title and dates of employment. If you sign a release, we can also give salary information. YOu have no reason to say you were fired, and I would not do it.

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