I was let go from my first RN job after six weeks of orientation -- not because of an error in patient care, but because of a mistake/ question in skills lab. My question is: HOW do I address my "experience" on a resume in future job searches? Everything I have read -- plus the advice from a couple former instructors -- says not to mention being fired on a resume because that is the time when you want to make yourself look as good as possible, but I have to address it sometime, because it will show up in a background check, right? Should I just be upfront on my resume and hope I get a chance to explain the circumstances? Do I wait until someone brings it up in the interview? Obviously when there is a question on an application such as, "Have you ever been fired from a position?" I say yes -- I'm not going to lie! I just don't know how to address it when I am not asked. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I haven't been in your exact position, but I definitely would NOT put it on my resume. I have answered "yes" to the "have you ever been terminated from employment" question. I was let go because I was going to nursing school, but I still left in good standing because I understood why he had to let me go. Here are the two options I would consider if I were you:
If you were let go because firing you was something procedural they HAD to do because you didn't pass the skill, then I would just wait until your next potential employer brought it up, or you have to explain it on your application, and just reinforce how you learned from your mistake and how it helped you to grow. Unless your boss at the job you just got fired from is a complete d!ck, if someone calls him/her as a reference they should still back you up and try to make you look good for your next job despite you being let go. It's the "decent" thing to do.
OPTION B "bad terms"
If you were let go, and things got ugly and you left on bad terms, it was only 6 weeks of work history that you have to try to cover for. A hard lesson I've learned is that being completely honest (while it feels good) is not always the best way to go when finding a job or keeping one. Background checks will most likely NOT bring up previous employers. It's mostly to identify any criminal activity. I highly doubt they will know that you worked at that last job of yours unless by chance someone happened to identify you. But hopefully by then you'll already have the job and it will be harder to get rid of you at that point. That being said, if at the interview they asked what you were doing for the last 6 weeks, make something up that they can't verify. Especially if you think the person who just fired you is going to bad mouth you if they're contacted. What good will that get you...definitely not a job. Sometimes you have to think of yourself, especially when it comes to finances.
Last edit by bigst79 on Apr 15, '13