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.