termination

Involuntary termination is an employee's departure from a job at the hands of the employer, colloqually called being fired. There are two basic types of involuntary termination, known often as being "sacked" and "laid off." To be sacked, as opposed to being laid off, is generally thought of to be the employee's fault, and therefore is considered in most cases to be dishonourable and a sign of failure (compare dishonourable discharge). Often, it may hinder the jobseeker's chances of finding new employment, particularly if he/she has been sacked from previous jobs. Jobseekers sometimes do not mention jobs from which they were sacked on their résumés; accordingly, unexplained gaps in employment, and refusal to contact previous employers are often regarded as "red flags". Being successively fired from several jobs has the possibility of preventing jobseekers from obtaining gainful employment for a long time.

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