How to find a new job when fired for theft

Updated March 23, 2017

Getting caught stealing can have long-lasting repercussions. Getting fired from a job for theft can not only be a humiliating experience, but it also can make your future job searches more difficult. Employers review potential employees on many criteria such as experience and previous job performance. An employer is likely to move past a potential employee who has been fired due to theft for fear you may steal from his company; therefore finding a new job can be challenging but is not impossible.

Make a promise with yourself that you will not repeat the mistakes you made in the past. Not only did you get fired for theft, but you could have faced legal charges. See this time as the time to turn everything around, and begin a new, positive career path.

Leave the job off of your resume. An employer often looks for gaps in employment history, but explaining a gap in employment may be easier than explaining you were fired for theft. If the job didn't last long, the employer may not find the gap in employment enough to question.

Write "Let Go," "Terminated" or do not write anything as to why you left the job on the resume. You may not be questioned during the interview process regarding the exact reason you left the job, but you must be prepared to answer the question if asked. Be honest. Explain what you learnt and how you know it will never happen again. You must be able to convey your remorse for the situation and your resolve that it will not ever happen again. If you were falsely accused, explain why.

Accept a lower-paying position, a night shift, weekend hours and anything else to get a job. Once in the position, you can prove to your employer that you are reliable and trustworthy.

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Living in Denver, Lynndee Marooney has been writing finance and credit-related articles, guides, manuals and e-books for private companies since 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Maryland. She enjoys counseling clients who are experiencing financial difficulties.