Hello, I had participated in these forums about a year ago and can't remember what my user name was :) I will have to figure it out. Anyway, over a year ago I was fired from my paralegal position. I have never been let go from any law firm. I was let go b/c I was "not a good fit" - more like I couldn't please the attorney I worked for. Oh, he was so nice to the clients and the public, but just awful to me. My skin just wasn't thick enough.
I have been a contractor at a major company since then and my contract is ending. I've decided to apply to some firms that I hope do not deal with his firm. I am hoping I can find a good one. Getting a general admin job now would just not happen - there are way too many applicants.
I know lawyers talk. I know they talk more than they should. I am concerned about reference checks. This firm does not have an H.R. department. I know legally references are to only give dates of employment and job title. Is it legal for the prospective employer to ask if they would hire me back or why I left? I know the prior attorney can say that he let me go, albeit not very ethical or possibly legal, but how do I handle this? I am very concerned.
A friend of mine was going to call as a prospective employer for me and determine what he would say. I don't want to take the position off of my resume, either, as everyone can know everyone and I don't want to lie.
Any assistance would be helpful. Thanks!