I just got fired from my job (public accounting). Reason was performance, I didn't like the job; but I honestly did try my hardest. But in the end, I wasn't good enough at it, so they let me go, performance being the reason. Overall, I would say I was well liked at this company, and most people were upset to hear what happened. I think this might factor into why they agreed to only give future employers my basic information, as well as the dates I worked, no negative feedback on me, just a clean, neutral, but not necessarily good reference. But I am now looking to transition into a role closer to finance, which I am much more passionate about, whether that be FP&A at a small company,, treasury, sales, honestly, anything over pure accounting. And if it absolutely came down to it, I'd take a private accounting position if nothing else, but no way I'll go back to public accounting (unless advisory/consulting), I absolutely do not want to do that anymore.
Everyone knows its better to look for a job when you are already employed, and since this separation happened very very recently (a few days ago), would it be entirely unethical to market myself and speak as if I am a currently employed person looking for new opportunities? Just for the next week or two, so they gap is so small, it could look inconsequential. Or would I be shooting myself in the foot if they call my old job and ask for specific dates of hire, and then they would know that when I interviewed them I was already not working there?
One of the reasons I am considering this is specifically because they are agreeing to give me a clean reference (dates worked). So signed a form saying they wouldn't trash me if future employers called. Or should I just be glad they are giving me a clean reference and just say that I left the company? (I can easily get away with this since my old company will not give any details regarding how or why the separation happen) How often do jobs actually call your old company to verify employment?