Employment after dismissal

Sunday, November 1st, 2009 - Employment, Job Application, recruitment

Employment after dismissal

Class Dismissed

Sarah asks: I am looking for work after dismissal, and need some help. I was dismissed from my last job as I didn’t meet the targets, was making mistakes as a result of being stressed, and was late on two occasions. So, in summary, I think that has also gone against me. I was employed there from November 2008 to March 2009, and I had a job for a month earlier in 2008. If I delete either job from my CV, how can explain the massive gap?

In answer:
I am sorry to hear about your situation, but employment is highly possible after dismissal.

Firstly, and I keep saying this because so many people look for excuses over the ease of telling the truth rather than being rejected later – never ever lie in a job application!

I realise this next question may be seem daft, but have you actually looked at the dismissal letter they gave you as part of their dismissal procedure, at your exit interview? You probably did listen to the words they were saying – certainly, from what you confess in asking this question could add up to a series of minor incidents and hence dismissal – but have you actually read the dismissal letter?

Why do I ask this? Because of the rise in legal cases involving dismissed employees suing ex-employer for either constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal or unfair dismissal, employers seek the strongest legal way of dismissing employees with least come back. Hence, much as though an employee may have factually committed errors in a particular area, as long as they didn’t commit a crime and create a resultant crown case, employers will seek a mutual and clear method of dismissal which allows the employee a better/neutral chance of later employment. This one issue, aside from money which is normally only available in constructive dismissal cases, is the issue most unfair dismissal cases will be created on.

I think if you look at the dismissal letter, the simple answer will be: as the job lasted less than six months (ie: the trial period), you and the job just didn’t work out in trial. You hence were probably not technically dismissed, you just didn’t complete the trial period. The worst thing your reference will say are your dates of employment, and the fact you were not offered a permanent contract.

Job Application

The answer on moving forward and gaining employment. With such a patchy record of short periods of employment, and future employer will question:

  • Why you are applying for their job?
  • Why you will stick at this job?

You hence need to come up with the answers to these two questions. This needs to encompass the reason as to why you won’t make the same mistakes in your next job application, why its the right career/job for you, and why you are wholly committed.

Hence, there is no need to explain the massive gap, just the why the next job is right for you.

Good Luck!


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