Stay pos­i­tive

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ever bash your previous em­ployer, even if there was cause to be an­gry. When the ques­tion “Why did you leave your past job?” comes up in an in­ter­view, whether you were fired or laid off, you can be frank about it and ex­plain your­self — with tact. A key point to ex­plain­ing more com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tions is un­der­lin­ing the les­son you learned and how you ben­e­fit­ted from the ex­pe­ri­ence. If you were fired for re­peat­edly be­ing late, speak to how you mas­tered time man­age­ment. High­light­ing your pas­sion for this type of work — and the en­thu­si­asm you have for this op­por­tu­nity will also help to re­as­sure the hir­ing man­ager. From their per­spec­tive, they have a va­cant role and need to fill it with some­one de­pend­able. Ask­ing plenty of ques­tions, show­ing your pos­i­tive per­son­al­ity and cre­at­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the hir­ing man­ager might help.

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