I was fired after 20 years of work, How can I find a job and even get an interview?

Do you have to be honest about being fired? I know human resources is only supposed to tell employers the dates you were working there, your job duties and if they will hire you again. If your last employer says they wont hire you again, does this mean it is looked at as if you were terminated? Also, on an application form, they ask a question,"can we contact this employer?" If you answer "no", what does this imply to the Human Resource person looking at your application? So far I have put down on my application that I was terminated(when the question asks) and why I left (when asked). I have not even been called for any interviews . I read somewhere that you should not put down that you were terminated, that they cant verify this legally anyway, so you should keep this information to yourself. But what would you put down if they ask that question on the application form?And isn't your past problems your business anyway? I want to put this problem behind me, but it continues to haunt me. I am a good, skilled worker with no problems in the past, but feel like no one will give me a second chance. Advise! Thank you! PS: the article I read says you should never say you were fired, but then didn't get into much about what you should say then and if you have to lie. I am a honest person, but I need a job, so for practical purposes,should I lie?

Asked By: Very Vanilla - 9/14/2009
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It all depends why were you fired. If it was something serious like theft, abuse of some kind then your chances of getting interview are slim. Employers are weary of hiring "trouble makers" in an environment where they have hundreds of candidates with clean records. If you can justify firing (ie. new management, etc... More
Answered By: JC - 9/14/2009
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it always pays to be honest but you don't need to elaborate on anything unless asked... More
Answered By: tro - 9/14/2009
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