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Q: I just got fired from a job for the first time ever. I’m feeling a little traumatized. How do I deal with this now with prospective employers?

James says....
Congratulations! You don’t become a future president or CEO without getting fired once—at least someone I know said that. Seriously, relax, it does happen. As for future jobs, it’s best to deal with the firing directly in an interview. The most important thing you can do is defuse the issue. Let the interviewer know that the fit or situation was difficult, or that you simply screwed up or dropped the ball, but that you learned big time from the experience. Don’t hide it, because if it comes out later in references, it’s over. Defuse upfront. More than likely the interviewer will listen, engage and feel compelled to help.

James Coburn is a career specialist with 20 years' experience in search recruitment. He is VP of wwwork!. Click here to send him your questions.