Dear Evil HR Lady,
How do I get past a recruiter who wants to know the truth about why I left my last job?
I spent seven years at a Fortune 500 company. I had a good career there. I was promoted twice and was in my last position for more than two years. I was fired for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. (I hope you appreciate the use of HR jargon there.) I knew that it was wrong, against company policy, and what the consequences would likely be if it were discovered. Ultimately, the relationship was reported to HR and I was fired. Since then, I have gone back to school and just recently earned an MBA.
Now I’ve graduated and I’m back in the job market. I am finding that I can’t get past the recruiter’s screening interview when I tell the truth about why I left my last job. With others, I have led them to the conclusion that I was laid off. (Although I did not actually lie, I did intentionally lead them to the wrong conclusion). Of course I haven’t gotten any of those jobs either. My fear is that companies are able to find out the real reason for my dismissal through an employment verification. I don’t want to lie, but I fear it is my only hope at finding another decent job.
Are recruiters willing to give someone a second chance? Do you have any advice on how to approach this?
To read the answer click here: What to do if you’ve been fired for an ethical violation
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Can you explain what you mean by an individual contributor job? Thanks!
An individual contributor job is one where you don’t manage other people.
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