My sister is going through a tough time at work and asked my opinion on whether she should resign or stay and probably get fired. She is a physical therapist and has been at her job almost 10 years. She was always an exemplary employee and in the past had great performance reviews. Last year she got a new supervisor who does not like my sister. She always arrives at work at least 10 minutes early which was fine for the past supervisors. The new supervisor however, has written her up for not being there 20 minutes early even though she does not get paid for this. My sister said that her supervisor told her that she cannot be ready to help patients on time when she only arrives 10 minutes early, even though my sister has proven that she can be ready for them. This supervisor also does not write up the other therapists even though some of them have arrived 5 minutes early or on time. I do not know exactly how many times that she has been written up but I know that she said she was also written up for other petty things. Several weeks ago she said that her supervisor came at her with a performance plan for improvement, which my sister had to sign and she knows that her days are numbered. For the past several months she has been looking for a job, but has not found anything. She asked me if I thought she should resign, or stick it out and get fired. Both her and I have never been fired and she said that she is worried what the other therapists and patients would think. She also wonders if this would affect her ability to get another position. By resigning she may "save face" but most everyone there knows she has been written up, so they may say she resigned to avoid being fired, which still seems bad. She would not be able to collect unemployment either, which in this economy she may need. On the other hand if she does not resign, this gives her a little longer to look for a job while employed, and if she does get fired, she might be able to collect unemployment. Someone also told her that if she were to apply for another job and they called her previous employer, they cannot say she was fired, just that she worked form this date to that date. Is this true? In looking at both circumstances, I did not really know what to say, or what I would do in her situation. I am curious what other people think or would do. From an HR standpoint how does firing or resigning look when asked about it in an interview? What is the best way to present this to the interviewer? Do you have to admit it when you are terminated?