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Advice Needed.. How to find the next freelance job after being fired..

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Corn-Hulio, Aug 8, 2019.


As a freelancer, should I tell my next client I was fired from my last role?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    2 vote(s)
  1. Corn-Hulio

    Corn-Hulio New Member

    Hi All,

    I was unfortunately fired from my last freelancing job; a middle-senior management position within the building & construction industry.

    I'd been freelancing for a year for this client - I had actually built a great reputation after the first project I'd worked on, but the second was a chastening experience.

    In truth, I look back and there are good reasons for my dismissal. It wasn't due to a lack of effort, or even competency. But I'd admit a lack of experience in dealing with situations that I wasn't familiar with - this role had been a substantial change for me (from designer to manager).

    Although my confidence is dented, I am determined to bounce back and take another similar managerial position. I won't be repeating the same mistakes and I am very clear now about the requirements of the role.

    However, how do I approach my sacking at my next interview? Do I provide full disclosure? Or do I gloss over the circumstances of my leaving ('I came up to a year, wanted to take a break, now ready for my next role').

    I am lucky that the Senior Project Manager I'd worked with appreciated the challenging circumstances of the project and offered to provide a reference for me regardless, so I can still provide one from my last client. Should I be concerned that they may check outside of this i.e. approach HR/senior management direct and potentially speak with someone less charitable?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The immediate feelings of rejection and humiliation have been replaced with anxiety of how to secure my next position.. I'm also concerned about my financial situation.

    Grateful to glean any insight from your experiences.


  2. Skillbox

    Skillbox New Member

    Hi K

    That is unfortunate! It is crucial to pick yourself up quickly and start applying for other freelance jobs. Many freelance platforms allow you to showcase your portfolio, which therefore enables you to access job proposals and gives you enhanced outreach.

    Only when you are asked to discuss your dismissal should you explain the circumstances. However, it is an unlikely question for an interviewer to bring up as your previous employer should not disclose this.

    At your next interview have confidence in yourself and your skillset. Give the interviewer what they are looking for in terms of knowledge and provide evidence that you are well suited to their niche.

    Wish you the best of luck,


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