/ Asked by julie
Should I list a job I was terminated from on my resume?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Such a good question!  Here are the questions to ask yourself:

Is your work history incomplete without it?
Do you want to be able to point at skills and experiences you gained in that job?
Was the company you were terminated from one that your goal employer is familiar with?
Is honest the best policy on your application/resume/interview?

Here's how I answer those:


Be prepared to speak to the experience.  Why were you terminated? What is the relevance to the quality of your work?  What did you learn from the experience?  All in all, it is far better for you to shape the conversation and own it then for your future employer to find that you were not honest regarding your work history. 
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Great question! When it comes to your resume, there is no reason for you to talk about being fired. Suggest that you only contain your start and end dates, without going into detail. Focus more on what you accomplished, skills/ traits learned, and how these would benefit your professional future. However, when filling out an application it will ask for a brief description. Without going into too much detail and drawing attention, one may simply put down “job ended”, “laid off”, or “terminated” on the application. Remember when writing out a resume and application, your goal is to obtain an interview. Within the interview that is where you can better explain the termination, just keep it short and to the point. One can assume having been fired is a deal breaker for a hiring manager, but believe it or not that isn’t necessarily the case. Everyone makes mistakes in their lifetime, but it is how one handles what happened and how they turn things around for the better.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I would have to echo the below responses. Yes, you should include this job on your resume as long as the experience is relevant to the new position you are applying to. Depending on the position and company you are applying to, the recruiter may be more likely to question a gap in employment rather than your reason for leaving your previous position. If asked why you left this job, be honest. Come prepared to speak to the situation and share any learning experiences you took away. Being terminated from a job will not always immediately disqualify you from future employment.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Monday, April 11, 2016
Resume should be used as a way to showcase your unique experiences and skills that would make you a great candidate for your next role. Ignoring your termination, focus on those skills that you learned or strengthened and ask yourself “will these skills and experiences help you be successful in a new role? If the answer is yes, include responsibilities and skills that highlight your experiences.
If a recruiter asks why you left your last job, be honest and explain some of the circumstances behind the layoff. This could be a great area to speak to how you would have handled the situation differently and what you learned from that experience that will help you in the future.
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