Many job seekers realize that it is challenging to find a job after being dismissed for attendance issues. But, why it is so difficult to find a job after getting fired for poor attendance?
Even though getting fired for poor attendance does not figure in any public record, it is still possible for HR managers to call your previous boss during the screening process. Here’s the bad news, your previous employer can inform other employers that you were fired because of poor attendance.
This article will explain how you can get a new job with dismissal for attendance hanging over your head.
Choose Your References Wisely
If you left your previous employer because of attendance issues, chances are you didn’t leave on good terms. It might be a good idea to contact your previous employer to ask how much information he will give to prospective employers.
If your previous employer tells prospective employers that you were fired because of attendance issues, you should edit him out of your references. It is never a good idea to include someone on your CV who might have something negative to say about you!
Instead, add co-workers or influential colleagues who can put in a good word for you. You can also include a supervisor in a temporary job you did well somewhere. The idea is to ensure nobody tarnishes your name when they get that call from your potential future employer. This is why it is important to find somebody you had a good relationship with, like a former supervisor or colleague, and have them write you a stamped recommendation letter.
Be Ready With a Response
If a prospective employer asks why you were fired because of poor attendance, be honest and tell them why exactly you were let go. There’s no point in hiding it anymore, you should provide the context of your absences.
It is important to put yourself in the best light possible. Simply explain the causes of your attendance issues and why they are now resolved. You can also mention other employers with whom you did not have attendance issues. H.R. professionals and employers are human, and they’ll likely understand if you were going through something difficult.
Remain Calm and Collected During The Job Interview
If the interviewers know about your attendance issues, there’s a big chance one of they will come off as if they’re attacking you for getting fired. This is completely normal and expected. However, you must remain calm, polite, and professional no matter what. This behavior will show the panel that you’re mature and can handle conflict.
If calm isn’t your forte, have a friend practice the interview process with you. This way, you can master how to answer those questions and contain your discomfort or anger before going to the actual interview.
Focus on the Future
While you should give context to your past failures as an employee when asked, try as much as possible to focus on what you can offer the employer. Emphasize your new skills, better emotional and physical health, and dependability. The employer needs to know that you won’t let them down. Tell them how you’ve learned from your past experiences and never let them happen again.
Network Network Network
We can’t stress enough the importance of forming networks with people – family, friends, and colleagues. These are people who can vouch for you to be a potential employer and also give you a chance at their companies. Be a people person and help others wherever you can.
Pro Tip: Do Not Forget to Collect Unemployment
The good news is that (in most cases) you can collect unemployment benefits after getting fired for poor attendance. However, it depends on your state’s laws, especially whether attendance is considered gross misconduct.
In most states, you’ll also get a disqualification period, after which you can receive unemployment benefits.