Career Calling

April 7, 2014

Were You Ever Terminated?


This is one of the nastiest questions that can come up in a job interview. Mille Montejo of the National Resume Writers Association linked to a great post from Donna Svei’s blog Avid Careerist. If you’ve ever been fired, I urge you to read this post and take what it says to heart. I thank Donna and Mille for sharing this advice.

As I often put it to my clients: Only look back when it helps you look forward



  1. Thanks for the mention Clay! Donna Svei writes some great stuff about job searching in today’s digital era. Like I say to all my clients, “smile during the phone interview. They will be able to hear it in your voice and your enthusiasm could get you the live interview.” On the other hand, if they are so bitter at their lot in life, and they cannot fake enthusiasm anymore, then by all means seek assistance from your former employers EAP if that’s an option, or any free mental health resources you can find. We are not machines and at times can break. Some may need a Social Worker to help them work through their negative feelings before they can even be helped by a resume writer.

    Comment by The Talent Mill — April 9, 2014 @ 1:30 am | Reply

    • I’m with you 100%, Mill. Some people are frozen by job loss. Until someone helps them get through that dark place, they will not be successful in a job search. I also fully agree about smiling during phone interviews. Thanks for the feedback.

      Comment by claycerny — April 9, 2014 @ 1:36 am | Reply

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