How to overcome being "terminated" from previous job

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    Hello all!

    I just recently graduated from the Practical Nursing Program. It appears the NCLEX is a few weeks away, since the school is taking a while to process our transcripts. I have started applying at a few businesses hoping they would take me on as an Intern/Extern until I have a chance to take my boards. My question is this - I worked as an EMT for 8 years and was terminated from one of my recent employers. When filling out the application I hate the spot that says: "Reason for leaving". Writing the words "Terminated" just seems like a death sentence before even getting through the door. Does anyone have any advice as to what I should write, or how I should write that I was terminated to still get me a chance for an interview and job?
    Thanks for all help in advance

    Sabrina
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    You don't really have to say you were terminated. When a job calls employers, no one can say why you left...at least here in CT.
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    If I leave it blank people will ask they have before.
    Also, how do I return to the same facility after a "not eligible for rehire" status?
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    Not saying leave it blank...that would be just asking for a discussion about it. Say that you were offered another position, or find a reason that doesn't make it seem like a bad transition.
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    If it was a recent job & you are going to state that they can call that employer for a reference, then that employer can say you were fired and why. However, if it was three jobs ago or even two & not relevant to nursing, I would either suggest leaving it off your résumé or just stating you left for a better opportunity ( which is true... Lol) if I were fired, I would consider anything a better opportunity!! Unless u give them permission to call HR, they have NO WAY of finding out & you have the right to learn from a mistake... Take it!!
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    What above poster smrnurse states is not completely true. HR will call previous employers to verify work dates/or that were employed where you said you were employed. The previous employer HR person does not necessarily have to offer if you are "eligible for rehire" or not-that's part of your personal record. Similarly, they do not offer the information that you were "terminated," or if you left in good standing, or what your manager thought of you. They simply states dates of employment.

    I don't think you give your new job permission to contact the previous employer HR dept. Verifying dates of employment is part of the fact checking process that HR goes through, and this is completely separate/different from calling a reference. A reference is someone who will speak about your job performance--this should be a coworker or a friend or a neighbor or someone in the community you volunteer with, etc. HR does not speak about your job performance.

    I would include work history on your future applications because you earned the history, and you learned something from the job I'm sure. You probably have to give a reason for leaving as online applications don't like blanks left. You can say "change in structure and staffing needs" to imply you were let go for staffing reasons. You get the idea, or like another said, pursued another opportunity.

    Best of luck!

    PS- google terminated....lots of documents on how to handle this.
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    I wouldn't put terminated on any employment application. Experience has taught me that little lesson. As all the above have stated, there are other creative ways to fill in that spot.
    I really hate to lie. I'm no Pollyanna or saint. It just goes against the standards to which I hold myself. But, after being unable to find a job being honest about being fired, I wised up. It was either eat/pay bills, or take my honesty with me to the poor house.
    I really like to eat.
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    I had a job I loved, did well at, got excellent evaluations, etc. Then my boss quit and we got a new one who could not stand me. the inevitable occurred. On the applications I filled out, I put either "Will discuss at interview." or "New supervisor" and soon had another job.
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    I'm going to have to remember some of this creative terminology. Thanks to all for sharing, because I'm fresh out of ideas and I've only been job-hunting for a week.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I'm going to have to remember some of this creative terminology. Thanks to all for sharing, because I'm fresh out of ideas and I've only been job-hunting for a week.

    Have you tried SHOWING up to places you would be interested in working for? That is how I got my job offer. I happened to be in the hospital, sought out the director for float pool, and when I told her my background, SHE asked ME to apply for a job. I am sure with your experience, you should be able to impress someone by meeting in person!!
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