Dear CC: I just got fired. How do I explain that on job
interviews?

First, accept the fact that at some point, we're all going
to be fired, whether it's our fault, their fault, nobody's fault. It's two,
three, four times that set off warning bells. If your industry is small and
this is close to home, you won't be able to get away with "I just felt it
was time for a change." Very rarely does anyone walk away from a decent
job without another one lined up. "Downsizing,"
"restructuring," and "change at the top" are perfectly good
turns of phrase; "my boss was a jerk" is not. Be gracious, poised,
confident — and make the recruiter wonder why your former employer ever let you
get away.

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