Here’s my situation: I briefly left software work for another career in academia and am looking to return to software work. The company I have an offer from requires me to get a public trust clearance before I can start work. However, on the OF-306 it asks about firings and terminations and I fear my honesty may lose me the job offer, the only hope I have of staying off the street.
3 times in the last 4 years I’ve been let go, all in academia (none in IT). Last one involved a multitude of issues, mostly performance related (quit or be fired, in hindsight a role I was entirely unsuited for taken out of desperation), the one prior was quit or we’ll make life hell (2 years of extra scrutiny on a perf improvement plan), and the one four years ago where I only worked there for a month was really dumb (told a student trying to run away from me on a trip to “get their ass back here”, place had serious financial issues and couldn’t risk losing that customer, one student out of a total enrollment of 4, mutual though I largely talked myself out of the job).
My question is this, given some bad decisions and job fits in a career completely unrelated from what I’m now pursuing, do I need to worry? From reading elsewhere it seems total honesty is the way to go but I’m concerned I won’t get to tell my side of things, getting written off out of the gate.