I liked the job and was successful there for 20 months but lost my temper and used expletives while on a call with tech support last week. This was the only time this has ever happened.
Answer: If you have the courage to do so … do so!
Your question leaves a lot to the imagination.
Were you in a unionized job?
Was there a disciplinary meeting?
Was progressive discipline offered before the firing?
I see nothing in your question and supplementary information to say you were sorry for what you did, or that you learned something from the situation.
Sure, you can ask for your old job back, but why should they give it to you?
Are you aware whether your comments did any damage to the business?
Did you do anything at the time to mitigate the potential damage or loss of faith in the company you likely created.
I have been fired before and succeeded in getting a job back, not the original one though. I had a union behind me that backed me up.
When you are on your own … you are on your own.
It is time to move on. Polish up your resume and find credible references to get you past the having been fired hurdle.
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