No one wants to deal with black marks on their resume, but now you have one. After all the work you put into your CNA training classes, now it’s official. You’ve been fired from your first real job in your new career. What should you do? Well, before you allow panic to come in and take away every possibility you have of getting another job and moving forward toward success, let’s do a little damage control:
Fired After CNA Training – Damage Control
Don’t panic. The first thing to do is assess the reason why you’ve been fired. Was it repeat tardiness? Did you go against company policy? Was it an honest mistake but one they just couldn’t overlook? Learn to think like the company you’re working for (or did work for). They need to do everything possible to keep their own reputation untarnished. If you worked for a nursing home or other adult care center after CNA training, I’ll fill you in on a little secret: They have their own difficulties to deal with. Most of the time, nursing homes have to really do well not to be thrown in with the mix of care facilities that really DON’T care. If you broke a rule, either intentionally or accidentally, and others are aware of the situation, they may of had to let you go to protect their good name.
So let’s look at the situation realistically. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why were you fired? This means, what were THEIR terms for firing you. Maybe you’re ridden with guilt and you’re thinking about all the other mistakes you made, but stop playing the movies in your head long enough to look at the real details. Their reason for firing you will greatly affect whether you can realistically use this facility on your next resume or job application.
- Can you work out a compromise? If you were fired for a mistake that was obviously unintentional, maybe you can still get a letter of recommendation from them. This will go a long way in securing your next position, that is, if you need to list them as a reference at all, –which brings us to the next question.
- How long were you employed for this facility? If you worked there for less than a year, you may not want to include them on your next application at all. Sure, it’s basically like starting over, but that’s what you did after CNA training, right? Sometimes no experience is better than a failed experience. As long as you weren’t prosecuted or fired for anything that will affect your ability to renew your CNA training license, it’s totally up to you whether you want to include this facility on your resume or not.
Fired After CNA Training – It’s Not the End of Your Career!
As we said, as long as you didn’t engage in anything illegal, don’t worry. You may feel like you’re starting at square one, but really you’re not. Your CNA training is behind you, so let’s get going! Take the event as a learning lesson, get back out there and secure your next job!