On a job application where it says “Reason for Leaving” the answer being “let go” can be misleading. As a recruiter I would ask were you laid off or fired. Then they usually responded that they were laid off but on more than a few occasions the answer I got was “yes I was laid off … you know fired.” YIKES AGAIN!
If you were laid off or the company downsized that should be what you write in the Reason for Leaving part of the application. “Let go” or “fired” implies that you did something wrong or there was misconduct involve. So, using the word fired instead of laid off has already sent a negative signal to the person reviewing your application. Some articles you read will say that laid off and fired mean basically the same thing … well they don’t to a recruiter.
My point is to always be mindful of what you are putting down on your application. Be honest. If you were fired say so because it is not the end of the world. Many times there is a good explanation or you have turned your life around. If you were laid off then you should make sure to write that on your application and there will be no misunderstandings.
Have a great weekend everyone!