I Just Got Fired: What Do I Do Next?

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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