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Explaining getting sacked(4 Posts)
I've been offered a job which I desperately, desperately need. All was OK but I need to fill out a form asking about previous convictions (none) and so forth. It also asks if I've ever been fired. It uses that term if it matters. I have. I was useless at the job. It was almost 10 years ago and I've been employed since. Obviously as they've asked I need to tell the truth. I'm quite upset.There is a box for further info. I was thinking of putting the below. Does it sound OK? I really, really need this job. It's not a management role.
HR people - what is the real likelyhood they'll tell me to get lost? I know you can't say for certain but in your experience.
In (date) I left (employer). I had worked in the organisation succesfully for x years in a number of roles and had always received positive feedback.
In (date) I was offered and accepted a management position at (employer) Unfortunately my management style was not a good fit for the team and after x months in the role I was let go.
I learnt a lot from that time both professionally and personally which I have applied positively to my subsequent roles.
Prior to taking on that position and in all my roles since then I have been succesful and I have always received positive appraisals.
I am committed to working at a high standard and am able to provide a number of references.
I think that's fine. I should imagine they're looking for signs of people being sacked due to poor conduct/inappropriate activity, so it shouldn't be a problem if you were sacked because of a poor fit between you/the job.
If it was ten years ago I'd be highly doubtful they'd be checking references back that far...
The form asks if I have ever been fired so I will have to tell them. Although they might not normally look that far back, it might give them reason to. I got a job a soon as I left that place. Pure luck. However I had to put them as a reference. It was a horrible, vindictive reference. Luckiky I had already proved myself to my new boss and had an honest conversation aboit what they would get back so she ignored it but she did tell me she wouldn't have normally employed me because of the reference.
Bugger. Thing is I genuingely did learn a lot after that experience and I made mistakes which I would never do again.
Feeling sad as I thought I had managed to move on from what was a really, really horrible time and I'm worried I'll have that dictating what I can do for years.