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Asked by Madison on July 18, 2012

If I was fired from a job should I list it on my resume?

Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on July 23, 2012

No, do not list this on your resume.  Your resume is the place to "sell" your accomplishments and contributions.

If you get called for an interview, be up front if asked.  I would even go as far as to say offer this information as many companies call past employers for references and it could come up then. 

Describe what happened, what you learned from this experience, etc.  It will be critical you are coming across as remorseful and genuine. 

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Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on August 6, 2012

You want to be honest about your employment history so you should list  the job. However you should not put on your resume that you were terminated, instead just put the date you started and the date you left. Be prepared to answer that question in the interview though. When they ask why you left you have to tell them you were terminated but practice your answer as to why, let them know you have learned from that mistake and are ready to move on. If you can still get a reference from that company that will also help.  Maybe there is a supervisor or co-worker who would be prepared to give you a positive reference, that will help put the recruiters mind at ease.

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Answered by Mark, Hiring Expert at Protective Life Insurance Company, on November 21, 2012

It is important to be completely truthful on your resume and list all of the positions you have held.  It will be helpful for you to be prepared to explain the circumstances of your termination; this will likely come up as you walk the interviewer through the various job changes on your resume.

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Answered by Samantha, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on December 3, 2012

Honesty is critical in any job search process. So yes, you should list all relevant employment on your resume, even a position from which you were terminated. That said, you do not have to say that you were terminated; simply list your start and end dates of employment. If and when the question arises in an interview, you can explain the situation, highlighting what you learned from the experience and how you’ve grown professionally since then.

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