What To Do When You Were Fired For Job Searching At Work

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.

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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