Be Employable

Have you been stumped on how to explain why you left your last job during an interview? In today's episode, J.T. O'Donnell shares her advice on how to correctly answer this question without sounding overly negative.

Not sure how to get rehired at your former employer? Have you tried applying to jobs at the company with no success? People go back to their old companies all of the time. However, knowing how to do it effectively will save you time and potential frustration. Before you do anything, you need to call the HR department at this company and ask if you’re even eligible for rehire. They will tell you whether or not it’s worth applying based on your file. If they tell you that you’re eligible, ask about the best way to be considered for future roles. This will help you figure out the best strategy when it comes to applying for opportunities at this company. Then, try reaching out to colleagues to explain that you checked with HR so they know they have permission to speak with you. This will make it easier for you to get back into the company and reconnect with your former colleagues.

Did you get fired for job searching at work? This situation happens all of the time, and it can be tricky to explain it during job interviews. Thankfully, career expert J.T. O'Donnell has some valuable advice on the subject. "When you're being paid to do a job, the last thing you should be doing is looking for a job on company time," said O'Donnell. This is a tricky situation because, during your job search, you're going to be asked why you left your last job, and you're going to have to tell the truth. In order to answer this effectively so you can continue to move forward in the hiring process with a company, you need to take the emotion out of it and speak from a logical place. The best way to do that is to use the Experience, Learn, Grow model when answering these types of questions. Essentially, you'll need to explain what happened, share what you learned, and articulate how you grew as a result of the experience (aka how you're going to make sure this situation will never happen again). The goal here is to look at the situation objectively and ease any potential concerns from the employer. The hiring team wants to make sure you won't do the same thing if hired at their company. It's important to do this because it will show HR that you made a mistake but you LEARNED from it, and you'll never make it again. "They're going to hear the sincerity and authenticity in your voice and that's what's going to give them the confidence to go ahead and hire you despite this blip on your resume," said O'Donnell. So, there you have it. If you got fired for job searching at work, you should use the Experience, Learn, Grow model to explain why you left your last job.

Each week, we hold Office Hours on our YouTube Channel with one of our career support specialists. During these free, live sessions, viewers can ask their burning career questions and get answers by the experts. In this session of Office Hours, long-time career expert J.T. O'Donnell hits on the following topics:

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