Resume Tips After Being Fired

Include relevant job skills on a resume.

Include relevant job skills on a resume.

Being fired from a job may feel like the end of the world, but with support from your partner and a renewed focus on your qualifications, you can quickly get back on your feet. Start by updating your resume so that it focuses on your skills, achievements and experience, without drawing attention to your job loss. You may need to tighten your household budget as you job seek, but keep your focus on the work you need to do to land a new position.

Qualifications

Writing a resume after being fired requires a strong focus on qualifications, job-related skills and successful work experiences, so you can prove to a hiring manager that you're equipped to do the job. Keep your resume upbeat and positive, so there's no need to question your abilities or your attitude about future employment. Craft a resume that stresses your achievements, project completions, relevant skills and team-centered experiences. Focusing on qualifications allows you to highlight ways you made a difference in the workplace and lets you showcase the highest points in your career.

Employment Dates

If you're writing a chronological resume, include general employment dates but don't get too specific. Listing your employment year-to-year is sufficient, so unless you've been out of work for more than a year or have other employment gaps, your resume doesn't need to reflect your termination. When hiring managers read your resume, they don't automatically know why you switched from one job to another and might assume a job transition was your choice. If you have employment gaps, consider writing a functional resume -- one that doesn't list chronological employment at all -- so you can emphasize your qualifications.

Specialized Content

Don't create a generic resume to hide previous employment or ignore skills acquired in your previous position. A one-time firing doesn't erase your previous accomplishments and achievements. Create several versions of your resume to highlight the skill set that’s most relevant to the job you’re applying for. Include specialized content that details your technical expertise, management experience and leadership skills for each job opening. If your resume successfully proves you're a perfect fit for the job, previous job loss might not be an issue at all. Before sending your resume to a potential employer, ask your partner to proofread it to make sure it's well-tailored to the position and error-free.

References

Unless the hiring company specifically asks you to send work-related references with your resume, don't provide any. If the company asks for them, choose previous employers, supervisors and co-workers with whom you had good relationships. There's no need to provide contact information for the manager who fired you, even if she was your most recent supervisor. In the rare occurrence that you're asked to provide the name of your most recent supervisor, discuss the issue in a telephone call or face-to-face in an interview.

 

About the Author

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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