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Old 02-28-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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I'm sure many of you have been in this position, either resign or we'll terminate you. I was recently put in this position after my company found every single reason under the sun to terminate me. Reasons ranged from not signing papers to putting sticky notes of papers. Instead of resigning, thinking that I may be able to get the unemployment, I asked them to terminate me. Of course, they covered all their bases giving me warning statements and all that fancy stuff so I don't qualify for unemployment. So, needless to say I'm not getting unemployment (but that's neither here nor there....I saw that coming)

Now I'm facing the dreaded question on employment applications, "Have you been asked to resign from a position or were you terminate?"

How do I answer this question without it sounding like I just plain old cannot stand the company and they are complete jerks? How have y'all approached this in the past?

I'm also afraid that if I put this down that my application will just be thrown in the trash anyway.
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: On our boat!
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Well, I've resigned and been terminated. If I run into that question, I reply with a "yes" and explaination of....left due to weather or moving out of the State.......which was true. Have never been forced into resigning though. If a question comes up "ever been terminated", I'm smart, I say "no". Resigning from a job is done for different reasons and not all bad. At 61 yrs old now, have never had a problem in the past with explaining why I left a position.

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I'm sure many of you have been in this position, either resign or we'll terminate you. I was recently put in this position after my company found every single reason under the sun to terminate me. Reasons ranged from not signing papers to putting sticky notes of papers. Instead of resigning, thinking that I may be able to get the unemployment, I asked them to terminate me. Of course, they covered all their bases giving me warning statements and all that fancy stuff so I don't qualify for unemployment. So, needless to say I'm not getting unemployment (but that's neither here nor there....I saw that coming)

Now I'm facing the dreaded question on employment applications, "Have you been asked to resign from a position or were you terminate?"

How do I answer this question without it sounding like I just plain old cannot stand the company and they are complete jerks? How have y'all approached this in the past?

I'm also afraid that if I put this down that my application will just be thrown in the trash anyway.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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If your future employer will be able to find out that you were discharged from a recent job, you may as well admit that you were discharged from your last position. So you better start working on the spin you put on that tale.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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Default tell the truth...

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I'm sure many of you have been in this position, either resign or we'll terminate you. I was recently put in this position after my company found every single reason under the sun to terminate me. Reasons ranged from not signing papers to putting sticky notes of papers. Instead of resigning, thinking that I may be able to get the unemployment, I asked them to terminate me. Of course, they covered all their bases giving me warning statements and all that fancy stuff so I don't qualify for unemployment. So, needless to say I'm not getting unemployment (but that's neither here nor there....I saw that coming)

Now I'm facing the dreaded question on employment applications, "Have you been asked to resign from a position or were you terminate?"

How do I answer this question without it sounding like I just plain old cannot stand the company and they are complete jerks? How have y'all approached this in the past?

I'm also afraid that if I put this down that my application will just be thrown in the trash anyway.
I had an instance way in my past where I was given the option of 'resigning' or being 'terminated' (way to complicated a situation to discuss here)...I choose to be terminiated in order to receive unemployment benefits. To each his/her own.
Koale
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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I had an instance way in my past where I was given the option of 'resigning' or being 'terminated' (way to complicated a situation to discuss here)...I choose to be terminiated in order to receive unemployment benefits. To each his/her own.
Koale
So what would you you put on an application if you were asked about why you left that particular position (in 1-2 sentences no need to elaborate)? I'm struggling with what to put on the few applications i have needed to fill out so far.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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So what would you you put on an application if you were asked about why you left that particular position (in 1-2 sentences no need to elaborate)? I'm struggling with what to put on the few applications i have needed to fill out so far.
Just say NO and go on. If they can find out on their own, they will, but probably won't. You kill your chances forever of getting a job if you say Yes, regardless of the reason, there's simply too much competetion out there for an employer to listen to your story, dig for the truth, etc, knowing he will be getting a twisted version regardless of what he does. Say NO and hope it slips under the radar.

why you left? Just say personal reasons or family reasons or something simple. Take your cue from the length of the answer blank---if they give you 2 inches of answer space, they don't expect your whole life story. If you over explain they will think you're hiding something, too.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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Just say NO and go on.

Wow, really? Because if you do get hired and they find out they can fire you for lying on the application and you're right back where you started. That's really the right thing to do.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: SRQ ~ Siesta Key
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I'm sure many of you have been in this position, either resign or we'll terminate you. I was recently put in this position after my company found every single reason under the sun to terminate me. Reasons ranged from not signing papers to putting sticky notes of papers. Instead of resigning, thinking that I may be able to get the unemployment, I asked them to terminate me. Of course, they covered all their bases giving me warning statements and all that fancy stuff so I don't qualify for unemployment. So, needless to say I'm not getting unemployment (but that's neither here nor there....I saw that coming)

Now I'm facing the dreaded question on employment applications, "Have you been asked to resign from a position or were you terminate?"

How do I answer this question without it sounding like I just plain old cannot stand the company and they are complete jerks? How have y'all approached this in the past?

I'm also afraid that if I put this down that my application will just be thrown in the trash anyway.
I would still file for unemployment: you can be terminated and/or fired & receive it; if no one was getting "terminated" these days, there'd be no one collecting UE!
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Tell the truth. Simply check the box and under reasons put: 'for using post-it notes'. Some might pass you over for that, but most will see that for what it is.

Or you could state 'incompatible with management' or something like that if you wish.

Don't lie.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Beautiful TN!
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Just tell them "It did not work out", simple............another way of stating "conflict with _______", or "it was not a good fit". All of these will get you through the application process in a positive way and then have your speech ready for when you go into interviews.

My husband had gotten terminated in AL, had lots of interviews and has gotten a good paying job by using the "it was not a good fit" line.
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