A massive 34.3% of Australian workers say they have been fired at least once in their working lives according to a report commissioned by Linkme.com.au, Australias leading career networking site, and 71.2% admit to being absolutely furious as a result.
But most say, they would prefer not to talk about the experience to prospective employees.
"The big question is however, is whether to admit to being sacked or not," says Campbell Sallabank, CEO of Linkme.com.au.
"Most employers not only reference check applicants extensively, but question candidates in such a way as to determine any holes, any missing dates and demand explanation. Outright lies and omissions are often uncovered and if they are, you can kiss the potential job goodbye."
"While it is important not to lie in a job interview, if the subject of why you left comes up, you need to have your story straight putting yourself in as good a light as possible under the circumstances."
"It was interesting to note that one third of sacked workers were dismissed without any notice, a further 15.6% were escorted from their company premises immediately and 8.7% said they were given the boot over the phone."
"And as a result, 11% say they still take great pleasure in badmouthing the organization and 16.3% reported taking legal action."
"Getting the sack can come as a huge shock but most times, it is not unexpected. Employees usually know if they have broken the rules of conduct, havent been doing their job properly, told porkies or stolen from the company, the boss or colleagues, but sometimes its for reasons not within your control".