I'm About to be Fired. Now What?
June 12, 2014 4:23 PM Subscribe
I walked into work today and was suspended with potential termination for policy violations, one of which does include the event that led me to ask this question
. Where do I go from here?
posted by Ashen to Work & Money (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The suspension was suspiciously timed BEFORE I was scheduled to use all of my vacation hours this weekend, and after my replacement* was trained (hence I was no longer needed). I've given them my keys; taken all personal belongings; and will theoretically hear from them next week about whether I will be reinstated as a manager or need to come in to sign an acknowledgement of termination. According to HR, I will not be able to liquidate my vacation hours if I am terminated, and cannot liquidate them during my suspension.
What I'm wondering now - for the purposes of this question, please believe me when I say that my boss will do whatever it takes to ensure that I don't return - is how to deal with potential employers. I have spent a year and a few months here, and picked up several skills along the way. I have also mentored one of the employees, and helped him transfer from the local community college into Rutgers. But I didn't quit (which would make leaving the job on my resume more justifiable). So:
1) Do I keep the job on my resume? If so, what do I say when interviewers ask about it? Citing the policy violations does not highlight the extenuating circumstances behind each one.
2) Do I omit the job? If so, how do I compensate for what will appear as a two-year gap between graduation and now? The expiration date on my degree has already passed. Also:
3) When background checks are conducted, would policy violations be divulged in detail as reasons for my being terminated? What happens during those? I really just need to know how much damage this termination is going to do.
*other employees, and inadvertently the replacement, confirmed that she was hired as a means of pushing me out of the store.