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Last month, I received a call in which my next level manager read a three minute script informing me that my employment with said company was at-will and, as such, my employment was being separated effective immediately. (This was on the first day of an approved vacation.)
I was not given any reason, nor was I given an opportunity to ask any questions. When I tried, I was told that the conversation had concluded.
To give some background, I had been with the company just under 3 years. My performance evaluations had been good. (I had even been told with the last one that it was one of the highest in my region.) I had been recognized by corporate for team engagement. Out of 14 managers/teams in my region, my team always came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in sales (always far exceeding quotas).
No one had ever indicated to me that there was any type of problem. However, I strongly suspect that this manager knew that some things may come to light that would not bode well for him. (Not because I would have said anything but because his manager or HR may have caught something.) For example, he had not ever worked with me. There were some training modules assigned when I was hired that had never been finished because moving to the next phase required him working with me.
I would never discuss this in an interview or go into it on an application. However, I do try to be honest in both of these areas.
On an application or in an interview what can I state as my reason for leaving? Is 'laid off' an option?
I can understand (and even accept) that this question was considered a duplicate. However, the comments and answers to the to other question were not nearly as helpful as the comments and answers received for this one.
Also, I took the terminology to a different meaning. I always thought that being fired meant with cause and had a negative connotation. Other terms such as being let go, laid off, position eliminated, etc. seem to not indicate anything negative. (Note that some applications actually ask if you have ever been fired from a position.)
Is any of this thinking correct or am I just living in the dark ages? Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.