So you’ve had a misstep at some point in your career.

It made news, maybe it made the press or it just created news in your ecosystem? If you have ever made a poor choice on a job, off the job, were fired publicly, were involved in a sticky situation, or had a professional relationship that adversely affected your reputation or the reputation of your employer, this episode is for you!

In this episode we cover how to explain a public blip that impacts your professional reputation. Tuning in you’ll hear expert advice on how to deal with a blip by presenting the positive motivation that led to it, putting it in context, and preparing good references, while also not avoiding it or refusing to talk about it. You’ll also hear one final tip about a social media pitfall to avoid. One mistake doesn’t have to destroy your entire career, so tune in today to find out how to overcome it!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An intro to today’s topic: How to explain a blip in your career that affects your reputation.
  • The blog post by Doug Lester on this topic and why Molly feels the need to discuss it.
  • Step one: Recall the positive motivation that led to your blip.
  • How this reinforces the positive aspects you have as a leader, employee, or candidate.
  • Step two: Don’t try to avoid talking about the blip.
  • Step three: Put your blip into context.
  • Why you need to put the context into your strengths.
  • Why you should think of the negative perception of your reputation as an exhale.
  • Step four: Make sure you have good references who know about the blip.
  • Tips on how to prepare your references to talk on your behalf.
  • How to get more help overcoming a career blip.
  • A final tip about a social media pitfall to avoid in the event of a blip.


“You want to remind people how you got there and, more important, why you got there. It speaks to the core of your personal brand, which is another way of saying your personal mission statement.” — @MollyMcPherson [0:06:48]

“Owning the blip is where all the power lies.” — @MollyMcPherson [0:09:03]

“What often happens when people come out of a crisis is they root for you. They want to see what you can do.” — @MollyMcPherson [0:13:15]

“If you’ve already let people know how you got here, what the blip was, and how you’ve changed, you’re halfway there.” — @MollyMcPherson [0:18:30]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Doug Lester

How To Explain a Blip in Your Career — Most People Have Made a Career Mistake

Molly McPherson on Twitter

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