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Alison Doyle

Getting Fired vs. Laid Off

By February 20, 2013

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Pink SlipI sometimes get inquiries from job seekers who wonder if it's okay to say they were laid-off when they were fired. They wonder if prospective employers will know the difference.  And they are concerned about collecting unemployment if they were fired.

Getting fired vs. laid off does make a difference on several levels.  Being fired and being laid off are two distinct ways of leaving a position. Being fired vs. laid off can impact your eligibility for unemployment as well as your future employment prospects.  In addition, there is obviously more of a stigma attached to getting fired than there is to losing a job because of a lay-off.

Here's more on getting fired vs. laid off, what to do if you get fired, how to handle a lay-off, and advice on collecting unemployment when you have been fired.

Regardless of the way you lost you job, the most important thing to do when you lose your job is to check where you stand as far as benefits and unemployment, then get going on a job search.

More: How to Handle a Layoff | Employee Rights When You Lose Your Job | What to Do When You're Fired

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