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  •  Fuck em. Lie. Tell em you quit. (3+ / 0-)

    Tell em the guy was verbally abusive and mentally unstable. Call your former boss and tell him you plan on suing him if says anything bad about you. That you are considering a hostile work environment suit and have consulted a lawyer. It could be total bullshit. You cannot afford to play it straight, and why should you? Employers have zero loyalty to us these days, so don't be afraid to bullshit them. You don't check the yes box where they ask if you were fired. You quit. Convince yourself you quit. They ain't even gonna check.

    •  She did not quit (1+ / 0-)
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      She has collected unemployment benefits.  There are a lot of evil people out there - especially her ex-employer.  She likely was assessed a penalty for termination, but then she collected.  If she quit she would not be entitled, and collecting under false pretenses is a crime.  She does not need to take the risk of exposing herself to investigation.
      Stick with Roger Fox's solution - tell the truth!  In fact, the truth is that she does not know why she was terminated!

      “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be." ― P.C. Hodgell, Seeker's Mask

      by ramblin engineer on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 05:55:35 AM PST

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      •  Good Point... (1+ / 0-)
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        I hadn't thought about that at all, but great points.

        I'm still not given the time of day to tell them why I was let go, though. Maybe one day telling the truth will come in handy, but for now, the little explanation I give on the online form doesn't seem to be working. I never get called in for even an interview.

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        by KristenD on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 04:17:04 PM PST

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        •  business conditions (0+ / 0-)

          That's the reason you give.  The business restructured - not a lie, but a reasonable deduction.  Don't leave out the experience - it is valuable.

          “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be." ― P.C. Hodgell, Seeker's Mask

          by ramblin engineer on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 07:46:21 AM PST

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