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Guidance on applications for UK Tier 4 student visas
Being terminated, whether you were laid off or fired, is never easy. It can be even more difficult to explain well on a job application. An application differs from a job interview or your resume in that it is a legal document. Due to this, it is vital to be truthful regarding your previous job termination, as it becomes a part of your permanent record with the company. By honestly describing your termination, crafting concise written answers, and providing important context for understanding your layoff or firing, you can explain this difficult event successfully. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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The fact that you were fired isn't the deal breaker — it's how you handle it that is. Believe it or not, employers don't look as negatively on candidates who have been fired from jobs as they do on candidates who have voluntarily quit jobs. This doesn't mean they look favorably on it either, so you shouldn't approach a resume or job interview without thinking about how you're going to handle this topic if it arises. Seeing as hiring managers typically ask about your reasons for termination at all your previous positions, it's almost certainly going to come up.