How Not to Say 'I Was Fired'

After three years of a recession-tinged job market, employment seekers have been stuffed to the gills with résumé-writing tips and best-in-class answers to tricky interview questions. Certain applicants, however, face a uniquely high hurdle, one that vexes even seasoned job hunters. I’m referring to those who were fired from their last jobs. To say to a prospective employer, “You know, they fired me over at Acme Explosives,” is essentially to say, “We can just skip the interview, and you can focus on other candidates.” It’s job-search death.

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