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.