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Old 11-17-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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I would say, "After 10 years, the company and I came to a parting of the ways and that is all I will say about that."

This is true, and indicates some type of disagreement between you and the previous company, but doesn't suggest what that was or suggest which side may have been "at fault" if in fact there was a problem. Companies interviewing to hire you don't need to hear all the "gory details", and of course it would be unprofessional of you to complain about your previous company. My suggestion above is a professional way to respond.
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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can't start in a new field. i'm at that age were i can't start over. no income to start over. i don't want to work at a food store or warehouse either. if my career is over i don't know what I'm going to do. I have only had this one job in the career i'm in now. the job prior to this was over 20 years ago part time in a warehouse.

I'm in a bad spot and I was hoping to have someone help. Has anyone ever gotten a job by telling them they were laid off when they were actually fired?

I was fired at a library job a few years ago in another town, and that's exactly what I put on my application (laid off or resigned, depending on my mood that day). The most that has happened was the people who interviewed me called to verify that I worked there and that's it. In some states, it is illegal for them to state whether or not you have been fired or whatnot. They can only verify that you have worked there and that's it. Here I am 4 years and a few jobs (including another library job that was also lousy that I just plain resigned from) later, I am now at a library job that I very much enjoy. So those people didn't stop me. I am in a much better position than I was before. That's for sure. More pay, more respect, and a better environment. I suggest you don't let the folks who fire you stop you either. Like the author Ayn Rand said "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." I strongly suggest you abide by this quote. That is what got me through the darkness. I seriously thought my library career was over, but boy was I wrong. It is far from wrong. For me, it's just getting started. Anyways, enough of my rambling. I wish you luck in job hunt, and I hope my advice was helpful.

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Old 11-17-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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I was fired at a library job a few years ago in another town, and that's exactly what I put on my application (laid off or resigned, depending on my mood that day). The most that has happened was the people who interviewed me called to verify that I worked there and that's it. In some states, it is illegal for them to state whether or not you have been fired or whatnot. They can only verify that you have worked there and that's it. Here I am 4 years and a few jobs (including another library job that was also lousy that I just plain resigned from) later, I am now at a library job that I very much enjoy. So those people didn't stop me. I am in a much better position than I was before. That's for sure. More pay, more respect, and a better environment. I suggest you don't let the folks who fire you stop you either. Like the author Ayn Rand said "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." I strongly suggest you abide by this quote. That is what got me through the darkness. I seriously thought my library career was over, but boy was I wrong. It is far from wrong. For me, it's just getting started. Anyways, enough of my rambling. I wish you luck in job hunt, and I hope my advice was helpful.
Really, this is the best advice. Get real, in this economy, being laid off is common. No need for a big, long explanation. You aren't going to confession, you are applying for a job!
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:56 PM
 
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What prospective employers will ask prior employers is "Would you hire him again?"

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Sane employers ask that very informative question.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:18 PM
 
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Catch 22 Here-damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Whatever you decide to do, you cannot admit to being fired for cause. No one in your industry will hire you. You can always say that you and the company decided to part ways (which you did leave-they just had 100% of the decision power).

Your ex-employer may or may not offer any information beyond your job title and dates of employment. Legally, an employer may provide any information they wish as long as it is factual. However, many choose not to due to the threat of lawsuits as it can cost anywhere from $10k-$100k plus to defend against a lawsuit, even if the lawsuit lacks merit.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Really, this is the best advice. Get real, in this economy, being laid off is common. No need for a big, long explanation. You aren't going to confession, you are applying for a job!
Yes, and the more you try to explain about the situation the bigger the deal someone will make out of it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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Yes, and the more you try to explain about the situation the bigger the deal someone will make out of it.
Pretty much.
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:20 PM
 
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Now I come to the dilemma of filling out employment forms and what to put for "reason for leaving" and "may we contact this former employer"? I've been telling everyone that I was laid off and they leave it at that. my prior HR dept can't say if I was fired or laid off.
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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Now I come to the dilemma of filling out employment forms and what to put for "reason for leaving" and "may we contact this former employer"? I've been telling everyone that I was laid off and they leave it at that. my prior HR dept can't say if I was fired or laid off.
I'm pretty sure you just answered your own question.
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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If I put check the box for DO NOT Contact, won't that look suspicious?
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