Fired & "Letting Go" of Anger

I was fired from my previous job because a co-worker simply did not like me. I was set up and now I am looking for another job but I don't know what to say about why I was fired. The reasons given by my former employers were that things were not done that should have been done and my work performance was not up to their needs. I know for a fact my co-worker had something to do with things being deleted off my computer that I did and . . . . . I am just lost at what to say because this has never before happened to me. Co-workers know but I have no proof. Several of my co-workers said I can use them for references, also. Please help me. I don't know what to say.

Since co-workers generally don't do the "firing," I am not sure where your supervisor and the organization you worked for figure in this scenario. But for the sake of conversation, let's assume that you were asked to leave and the reasons stated were your performance no longer met the needs of the agency. I understand that you must feel angry and emotional in response to this event. However, rule #1 in any interview situation is never to speak poorly about a previous employer or co-workers, as it will only reflect negatively about you. It is good that some other co-workers have offered to act as references. In this position, when you are being interviewed, it is important not to let strong emotional feelings prevent you from offering a confident, clear response. If it is still doing so, work that out with a counselor.

HOW you respond is as important as what you say. So work through the story many times until it is totally comfortable for you to deliver. Let's assume a question asked might be: Why did you leave your past position? Your answer must be shared with confidence, rationality and be emotion free. Keep the answers short and sweet. Employers aren't really interested in all the tiny details, but are interested in how you've dealt with the results of the action. One suggestion might be "I was told my skills set was no longer strong enough for the new requirements of the position. Since that time, I have upgraded my. . . . . . and am anxious to find a position where I can again make a strong contribution. Tell me more about. . . . . " Acknowledge the loss, don't dwell on it and show your enthusiasm to move forward.

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