I’ve targeted a company I really want to work for, so I’m applying for multiple jobs. Is that okay? Do I have to use the same resume or should I change it each time?

QUESTION: I’ve been fired from my last 2 jobs. How do hide this from prospective employers – or can I?

Cherie Heid, Competitive Edge Resume Service

On a resume you do not state why you have left a job so when a prospective employer reads your resume they do not know why you left. However, if you are asked in an interview why you left, if you were fired you need to be honest and state why very briefly. Hopefully the employer will appreciate your honesty and move on to other questions giving you the opportunity to sell your value to them.

Cathy Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers

I’m sorry you’ve had this experience. Know that poor job fit happens but the job for you is out there. You can’t hide being fired from prospective employers, nor should you try. The goal is to identify what you have learned from these past experiences and communicate how you have grown and why the job you are interviewing for IS the right fit for both you and the employer. You’ve got this!

Fred Coon, Stewart, Cooper, & Coon

You don’t. If you do, most employers have a clause in your employment agreement that says if you are not forthcoming, they can terminate you. Work on crafting a truthful story that explains why you were terminated. Don’t lie because it will come back and bite you badly in the end.

Kathleen McGrorty, NewView

Own it if you were asked to leave. Hiding can influence negativity and bias. Don’t clutter your resume with unnecessary information, the resume is about what you did and your accomplishments. You are under no obligation to give details of a “firing.” If you have many jobs <1 year, then you will practice stories about why moving to a new job made sense.

Amber Barney

It’s not necessary to note on your resume that you have been fired. However, especially if your termination resulted in career gaps or a short tenure, it is imperative that you prepare an authentic but delicate explanation in case the topic is called into question. If it’s a particularly sensitive topic, preparing with a career coach beforehand can be helpful. Honesty is always the best policy!

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