Career Advice

I was fired. What do I put on my CV?

Your employer laid you off, and you’re wondering how that would reflect on your resume. Do not panic; there are ways to go around it. I'm sure you're asking yourself; “should I include this in my resume?” “If I don’t, how would I explain the gap in my CV?” In this article, you will learn how to include the job you got fired from on your resume and still get an interview.

Should I mention the job?

Being fired from a job does not give you enough justification to exempt that role from your resume. Although your resume should be a no negativity zone, you do not want to jeopardize your chances of getting the job.

You’ve helped your organization grow within the time you worked with them. Also, you learned new skills and attained results. All these should be in your CV.

If you’re still in a Dilemma, consider these two things

The duration you worked for 

If you spent a good number of years at your last place of work, leaving it out should not be an option. On the contrary, if you spent 1-6 months at your workplace, you can let it go.

Is the work relevant to the position 

The importance of tailoring your CV to fit the job role you’re applying for can never be overemphasized if your previous work has the experience to get you the job-include it.

How to include termination in your CV

Popular advice would be to leave it out entirely. You shouldn’t put the reason for leaving an organization in your CV, no matter how inconsequential it seems. The resume is a document that should show your strengths and value as an employee. It should open doors for you. When it includes things like getting fired, the chances of an open door is slim. You can always discuss details at the interview venue.

But this is not a pass to lie in your resume. Simple things like putting “present” instead of the date you stopped working can send the wrong impression to your potential employer. Avoid the urge to lie.

Focus on your accomplishment 

Yes, you were fired from your work, but you gave it your best, right? In your CV, focus on all your accomplishments in your previous workplace. Even if recruiters wonder why you left your work, it should be strong enough to grant you an interview.

If you can’t remember the things you did, you can call former colleagues and ask specific questions surrounding your performance. Also, if you won awards, you can include that. Make sure your CV is centered around what you did to improve your previous organization.


Sometimes you might be emotional and not confident in your CV; you can get a second eye to look at it. Get a free resume consultation session with Tamborin. You’d get feedback immediately and tips on how to smash your interview. Do not let getting fired hold you back from achieving whatever you seek to achieve.