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How to Get a Job After Gross Misconduct

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Finding a new job can often be quite the struggle, but when you have recently been terminated because of gross misconduct, it can make the search for a new job a completely different type of struggle. There is still hope and steps that can be taken in order to help your chances of finding a new job.

Make the Call

Reaching back out to your previous employer may make you feel uncomfortable and uneasy, but it is necessary if you want to move forward. If you have not already apologized for your actions now is the time to do just that. Speak with your previous manager and let him know that you are looking for work. Do not make this a time to make a plea to cover up what you did if a hiring manager calls. Instead, be sincere about your situation and it's possible that they may even refer or recommend you to new employers.

Take Training

Depending on the severity of your actions you may be able to take corrective training to show that you do care about what you did wrong and that you want to make it right. For instance, if you were involved in a physical altercation at work, it may be wise or even mandatory, depending on the situation, to take an anger management class. Once you complete the training, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can show to potential employers to demonstrate that you are serious about moving forward.

Be Honest

Trying to pretend that you did nothing wrong at your previous place of employment is sure to get you off on the wrong foot when it comes to looking for employment. Be upfront, not defensive, with new prospects about what happened. You don't have to give every single detail of the incident, but at least let them know what happened and show them the corrective action you have taken in order to make it right with your previous employer, any others involved, as well as yourself. Admit that you made a mistake and tell what you learned from it.

Be Willing to Start Small

Going from an executive position to a job that requires manual labor may seem like a bit of a stretch if you've had years in your current field or never had any desire to work a blue collar job, but under such circumstances as having gross misconduct on your work profile it is wise to accept job offers right away. Be grateful that the employer is willing to give you a chance despite your background. You can work there long enough to rebuild your reputation so you can move on to another position. Or, you can stay with the company if you feel comfortable with it.


Christina Caldwell is a contributor for online publications such as Women's eNews and Little Pink Book. Her work has also been featured in the popular U.K. magazine "Black Heritage Today." Caldwell holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and communications.

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