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How should I reboot my career after being fired?
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about your recent job loss. I know that it can be a turbulent time.  Although this may feel like a low point in your career, it can actually be a blessing in disguise. Most often when someone has been termed from a position it is because they have checked out without even realizing it. This is your new opportunity do get into a career you love. I recommend doing some soul searching on what invigorates you in a career. This is a chance to change your professional path and put all of your energy into something that you truly love and enjoy. Most people search a lifetime for that. After you figure out which way you want to go, start applying. You will want to apply to 30 positions a day in order to start receiving interviews.
Now-On to the tricky part. How to talk about your previous termination in an interview…? My advice is to be honest. You will want to address it maturely, professionally and quickly. Don’t waste precious interview minutes talking about what happened.  You can quickly say-“I was let go, it wasn’t a good cultural fit but it was a good experience because I was able to learn that I don’t work well in a xyz environment. I am glad to have learned so much from the situation and am excited to be entering into a new area.”  If you can speak on it confidently and maturely and come out looking like a class act, then that will show more than the termination itself. I wish you all the best in your new career search!
-Nell
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 30, 2014
I agree wholeheartedly with Nell’s advice, and understand this is not an easy thing to go through. Without knowing a lot about the situation, my best recommendation would be to carefully examine what transpired, and be 100% ready to delve into both the termination and also the “takeaways” with a future interviewer.

This is a great time to reflect on the following items:

1) What circumstances lead to your being fired?
2) Was it a mismatch for your skills, passions, and/or personality?
3) Were the job’s requirements more than you could handle?
4) Could things have gone differently? How? Would you have wanted things to go differently?
5) What did you learn from this? Why?
6) How will you proceed going forward, to avoid roles with similar circumstances, and/or avoid making the same mistakes?
 
If you were terminated because it wasn’t the right type of position for you, think hard about the kinds of roles that are likely a much better match. You may have learned things during this process about your work-style, task preferences, interpersonal skills, and ambitions that you simply didn’t know before.

If you were terminated for being unable to meet the requirements of the role, consider what’s realistically manageable for you at this point in your career, and if things could have been completed more effectively/efficiently on your part. If you were terminated for other reasons, I would still be ready to explain to a hiring team what you gained from this experience.

Even if you feel it was not your fault, focus on the positives! Try to avoid spending too much time in an interview discussing who is to blame, and instead center the conversation around this next exciting phase in your career. Show how enthusiastic you are to be changing directions and shifting priorities, and why you are totally certain that you can be successful in this new venture.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 7, 2014
The first thing that you should do is to reflect on the reasons for your dismissal, accept responsibility for your part in that process, and work to correct it.  What is past is past and you should not let that prevent you from moving forward.  Learn from any mistakes that you made and take the necessary steps to not repeat those mistakes.  Keep in mind that most employers will conduct some kind of background check on your past employment and an employer will likely advise that you were terminated, but they will not disclose why.  Most interviewers will ask you though, so be honest and accountable for it.

Next, keep a positive view on the situation and most importantly, consider it an opportunity.  Reflect on your career choices up to this point and ask yourself if you were happy doing it.  Did you genuinely enjoy your work, or was it simply a pay check.  If the latter, then give serious consideration to a career field that with which you will  truly be happy.  Research this field and pull up current job postings on line from sites like indeed.com.  Determine what the standard qualifications are and put a plan together to acquire those skills, if you do not already possess them.  Give strong consideration to obtaining additional education and be willing to take an entry level job in that field.  Seek out informational interviews with people in that field to obtain their advice.  Connect with experts in this field on LinkedIn.  It may take some time, but if in the end, you are doing something that you look forward to every day, it will be worth the wait.   
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