Many people who have been fired from their previous jobs suffer from stigma with some of them unable to secure jobs.
Most of the times they are dropped from recruitment programmes once it is known that they were sacked from their previous jobs. Potential employers sometimes do not make an effort to unearth the facts surrounding their dismissal before striking them off the shortlist.
This makes it hard for sacked job seekers to provide information on the reasons that made them leave their previous jobs on their CVs and at interviews for fear of not being hired. This poses a big risk to the potential employer, incase they hire the candidate, since vital information may be hidden from them.
Concealing information on your firing or even lying about it may be detrimental to your career and even greatly lower your chances of getting hired. Employers always conduct background checks on potential employees to ascertain their suitability for the vacant role. Soon or later any hidden information will be unearthed costing you a new job and not to mention the embarrassment involved and bad reputation earned.
Be honest about your sacking. It is advised that you volunteer that information at a face-to-face interview because at that forum you’ll have the opportunity to better explain the reasons for your dismissal. This may heat up things for you at the interview due to the explaining you’ll have to do but make sure you offer the excellent skills they require.
Employers do understand that employees can sometimes be fired for reasons other than their integrity and ability to perform the duties and functions assigned to them. It could be that you are a victim of a malicious manager who sees you as a promotion or succession threat. Your dismissal could also be as a result of a poor organizational culture. Employers look at more than just your termination, they will look at your overall profile i.e. education, training, skills, experience, etc which is much more important.
We do understand that your dismissal could be because of your fault. Take the time out of work and honestly work on the problem(s) that led to your dismissal.