I have been fired after working for 13 years at this hospital and 31 years in my profession (medical, hospital based). I have never been fired before.
How do I handle this? Most applications ask for contact info of previous jobs and I know that my previous director put "not to be rehired" in my record. My previous supervisor moved to another state about 2 months before I was fired so I have no "references" at my last employer.
I was contingently hired at another hospital, went and filled out their paperwork, and the next day they called and withdrew their offer of employment. Of course I called, and they cannot divulge the info that made them change their minds.
What do I do about this negative recommendation from my previous employer? Thank you.
by Richard Yadon, President/CEO, Health Care Professionals
Karen, without knowing the circumstances of your termination I can only give you some thoughts about what to expect. This may actually be a bigger problem in your eyes than in the eyes of a prospective employer.
First, many companies are so fearful of litigation that they will only verify the dates of employment as a reference. You should first find out what the policy is at your former hospital. They should tell you what kind of information they will release to prospective employers. If the information is inaccurate then take immediate steps to correct them. I'm not an attorney so you might want to bounce this off a lawyer in your state.
Secondly, just because a former supervisor has moved out of state does not mean you can't use them as a reference. I would include their name and contact information on the application.
Finally, if you feel you have a good relationship with the hiring manager at your prospective place of employment, tell them that you feel the references from your previous employer are inaccurate. Sometimes getting it out in front will either dampen the impact or, at the very least, save everyone's time.
Richard Yardon is President/CEO of Health Career Professionals, an executive search and employee development company focused in the healthcare industry.
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