Got fired. Would like to list it on my resume in the future.
November 7, 2010 10:23 PM Subscribe
Got fired. Can I list this relevant work experience on future resumes?
posted by lover to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Keep in mind as you read this that in objective (as objective as I can be, anyway) retrospect, I strongly believe that I worked hard and did an excellent job.
I worked at a homeless shelter for two years (all of 2008 and 2009). I always worked the night shift, and for the most part, especially toward the end, I worked alone except for the residents.
At one point, I was working with a volunteer who later became a member of the board of directors. He was always telling me how he didn't think that they should be paying so many people to work the night shift when there were volunteers (such as himself) who would do it for free. We also had a clashing personality difference that was usually just under the surface: we put up with each other because we had to. About a month before I was fired, I worked a shift with him again.
Right before I was fired, I covered a shift on a day that I never work (I typically worked the same shifts every week) at the start of a new season when new rules come up. To make a long story short, I left after a 14-hour shift instead of staying overtime (this was a situation where normally they would call, but if I put 2 and 2 together I really should have been able to figure it out on my own, and when I left, I felt like something was off), and this inconvenienced some people (it worked out fine). This was the sort of thing - I discussed it with people who would be honest with me at the time, and they agreed - that typically you would get a "don't let it happen again" warning.
Given the discussion that I had with the director who fired me, and who never watched me work, I have reason to believe that I was fired because the volunteer on the board of directors pushed for it. This belief is also based on a discussion with a different director about finances and where their grant money comes from and can go.
That was all background. (I'm not interested in recommendations that I look into legal options.)
I am about to graduate from college with a Liberal Arts Bachelor's degree. I have been looking at a lot of jobs where the two years of experience that I had working at this shelter would be very helpful on my resume for getting salaried jobs. Are there circumstances in which it would be appropriate to leave the shelter on my resume? I know you don't have to explain why you leave a job on your resume, but if it came up, I wouldn't know how to succinctly explain what happened (and wouldn't they want to call and talk to my former employer?).
In case it's relevant, I'm in my late 20s. Thanks kindly for your advice.