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Old 12-10-14, 12:09 PM
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I got fired about two hours ago. Basically, they put me in a job I was not particularly passionate about. It was a job managing units that were always on the bottom of the priority list, and my projects never got done, despite my persistent nagging; Nobody gave a sh*t. The more I think about it, the more I realize they did me a favor. I was working 72 hours/week doing sh*t i didn't want to do, and taking time away from looking for other jobs that i might actually like. I've wasted my time there

I hope to have a new job lined up, and take a vacation before I start. I had 3 weeks of vacation left because I never took any since I started, which p1sses me off. I'm going to start reading some material about networking, and submitting some applications in the next few weeks. Wish me luck.


I don't think I'll tell my parents though. Don't want to create unnecessary stress
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Old 12-10-14, 12:23 PM
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I'll tell them for you.
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Sorry about that, but congratulations on the realization I suppose.

I personally don't like to hide things like that from my family. Lies and evasiveness never ends well. Unless of course they are hyper critical and will not help in any way.

Just get out there and start looking on every available site and place. One of my friends has been very effective using a head hunter to find new positions while still employed.

A resume workshop at a job center or private individual (her them to find references and get in touch with people who used them) may be useful and offer good pointers. Practice interviewing is something good. Even if you don't want a job go the interview to get practice, then you will know how to approach standard questions and have the ability to focus on more difficult questions.

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Which industry are you in?
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Old 12-10-14, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by joeyduck View Post
Sorry about that, but congratulations on the realization I suppose.

I personally don't like to hide things like that from my family. Lies and evasiveness never ends well. Unless of course they are hyper critical and will not help in any way.

Just get out there and start looking on every available site and place. One of my friends has been very effective using a head hunter to find new positions while still employed.

A resume workshop at a job center or private individual (her them to find references and get in touch with people who used them) may be useful and offer good pointers. Practice interviewing is something good. Even if you don't want a job go the interview to get practice, then you will know how to approach standard questions and have the ability to focus on more difficult questions.

Dress well, appearances make a difference.
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Old 12-10-14, 03:00 PM
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I have been fired before, made my life better. It was from a job I didn't like, and forced me to find a job I did.
when ever I talk to someone in that industry, I feel sorry for them, and speak well to their sup, and say they did a good job. Because back in the day if someone took the time to ask for a sup it reflected well on them, and was a bonus. These days people just sound shocked when ever I do it, and I know that so many things can cut from their check like not saying congrats if someone says they just got married.



In my office people where so burned out, I took a sign in a bathroom that said "Do not place things in the toilet." And I placed it in the toilet. It took them several days to realize it didn't belong there. They decided they needed to make an example, so they fired me.
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Let's see, of the 11 jobs I've had, I've been fired from 5 of them.

The first job I was fired from was my 4th ever job. I was "office boy" for a marketing company in Los Angeles. I hated the work, so getting fired was a good thing. I temped for the next 6 months until I moved to Dallas.

I was fired from my first three jobs in Dallas, two bike shops and Kinko's.

The first bike shop fired me because I went to the Olympic Training Center to get USCF certified as a mechanic (yes, really). I didn't use vacation time, I didn't ask them to pay for anything, and I even found someone to cover my shifts. The manager still said no. I went. When I came back, I was told I didn't have a job. A week later, when my former supervisor came back from vacation, he went to the owner and got me rehired. About 3 months later the manager fired me right after I sold the most expensive bike in the shop.

The second shop fired me because my brother is an a$$. While I was on vacation, he got into a verbal altercation with the owner at a bike race, and the owner slapped my brother. The cops stepped in at that point and told the owner to leave or be arrested. I was told I had low productivity and a bad attitude. I was the only mechanic in the shop who regularly produced more labor dollars than my payroll cost, and I had a great attitude. I'm sure it was retribution against my brother.

Kinko's fired me because I was making more than the max pay rate (by $0.10/hour), and they realized they could replace me with two new hires and save money. So I conveniently gave them the excuse to fire me for being tardy.

The last job I was fired from was AlphaGraphics. The owner told me he wasn't happy with my productivity. I was always in the top 3 for production in our region based on sales. He replaced me with the former manager of the shop who had left to be a salesman and failed. He ended up having to hire a part-timer because the manager couldn't produce the same volume I could.

Getting fired sucks, but sometimes is a good thing.
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Originally Posted by monogodo View Post
Let's see, of the 11 jobs I've had, I've been fired from 5 of them.

The first job I was fired from was my 4th ever job. I was "office boy" for a marketing company in Los Angeles. I hated the work, so getting fired was a good thing. I temped for the next 6 months until I moved to Dallas.

I was fired from my first three jobs in Dallas, two bike shops and Kinko's.

The first bike shop fired me because I went to the Olympic Training Center to get USCF certified as a mechanic (yes, really). I didn't use vacation time, I didn't ask them to pay for anything, and I even found someone to cover my shifts. The manager still said no. I went. When I came back, I was told I didn't have a job. A week later, when my former supervisor came back from vacation, he went to the owner and got me rehired. About 3 months later the manager fired me right after I sold the most expensive bike in the shop.

The second shop fired me because my brother is an a$$. While I was on vacation, he got into a verbal altercation with the owner at a bike race, and the owner slapped my brother. The cops stepped in at that point and told the owner to leave or be arrested. I was told I had low productivity and a bad attitude. I was the only mechanic in the shop who regularly produced more labor dollars than my payroll cost, and I had a great attitude. I'm sure it was retribution against my brother.

Kinko's fired me because I was making more than the max pay rate (by $0.10/hour), and they realized they could replace me with two new hires and save money. So I conveniently gave them the excuse to fire me for being tardy.

The last job I was fired from was AlphaGraphics. The owner told me he wasn't happy with my productivity. I was always in the top 3 for production in our region based on sales. He replaced me with the former manager of the shop who had left to be a salesman and failed. He ended up having to hire a part-timer because the manager couldn't produce the same volume I could.

Getting fired sucks, but sometimes is a good thing.
jeez. impressive..

when I asked why, my boss said I didn't give her the report that she wanted me to make that would give me an outline of how to do my own job, and the one I gave her the other day isn't good enough. that was the best tangible reason she had for me for why I wasn't "improving" like she wanted. go figure.
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I was fired once.... when I was very young and I was fired because of a bad attitude... vowed to never have that happen again. If a job becomes unpleasant and I find myself becoming spiteful and disinterested, I look elsewhere.

That said, good luck on finding work. Alot of people are looking - it's always better to look for work when you are working but I suppose you know that...

You probably know 60 - 70 hr weeks in an engineering job is not unusual... in fact, pretty much the norm. So make sure the job you take is something you will enjoy.

I take it you live at home which is why you aren't telling your folks? If so, what are you going to do during the day - you can't sit at home. If not and you are an adult out on your own, no reason to explain to your folks unless you have to move back home... I hope you find work before then...
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Old 12-10-14, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by c0urt View Post
In my office people where so burned out, I took a sign in a bathroom that said "Do not place things in the toilet." And I placed it in the toilet. It took them several days to realize it didn't belong there. They decided they needed to make an example, so they fired me.
I would bet... that was not the sole reason...
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Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
I was fired once.... when I was very young and I was fired because of a bad attitude... vowed to never have that happen again. If a job becomes unpleasant and I find myself becoming spiteful and disinterested, I look elsewhere.

That said, good luck on finding work. Alot of people are looking - it's always better to look for work when you are working but I suppose you know that...

You probably know 60 - 70 hr weeks in an engineering job is not unusual... in fact, pretty much the norm. So make sure the job you take is something you will enjoy.

I take it you live at home which is why you aren't telling your folks? If so, what are you going to do during the day - you can't sit at home. If not and you are an adult out on your own, no reason to explain to your folks unless you have to move back home... I hope you find work before then...
my folks live about 700 miles away. they won't find out about this until I have another job. otherwise, my dad will stop worrying about his own job situation and start hailing me with his advice that have never helped me in the past.
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Was the only reason I was given, and had been there for a fairly short amount of time.
So I can only assume it was the reason they chose.
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Sorry to hear about your job loss. It is an opportunity to do better. I was fired many years ago by a manager. I am not sure what the real reason is but I think it was because I answered a customer's question with the truth.
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Never been fired. Until 2007, and over 30 working years, had never been laid off... but in 2007, the entire division of the company I was with, was let go. Since then, with the shakiness in the economy... I have gone through three more lay offs... All have been either company wide, or have been whole chunks of companies.

Currently I am contracting myself out. It's a bit nerve racking going to interviews all the time... but I suppose it is what it is.

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The first job I was fired from was a PVC pipe company. I worked in the office and managed materials. I never got the hang of scheduling deliveries and ended up having 3 full rail cars of resin on the siding. Big oopsie.
Second job fired I was a recruiter at a temp agency. I didnt like working evenings and commuting 60 miles thru South central LA.
I was RIF'd from one other.
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I was let go from a job as editor at a publishing company because a) I didn't like the work and it showed, and b) they moved that part of the country cross country and personal life did not allow a move at that time.

I was much happier as production manager and when I called my ex-boss 9 years later for a reference, he hired me back in that position. In between, I worked as lead meat-cutter in a new shop, did some publishing contract work (which is the only job I've ever suddenly quit and subsequently vowed never to return to publishing...), and then became a bike mechanic for 5 years. During that last stint, also learned how to weld.

My advice to anyone would be to develop skills outside your staple career -- you never know when it might come in handy. After the layoff as editor, I sent 20 resumes out, 19 to publishers and one to the meat store, the meat store was the only call-back and job offer.
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Fired? Yes, when I was 14. Loading clay pigeons at a skeet range. I found it entertaining to knock the center out of a disk every now and then. The range manager didn't.
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Good luck on the job search.

I Was laid off permanently once during a merge , which it turned into a much greater opportunity in the end. Almost all the other transferred employees got fired after they had the knowledge sucked out of them.
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Fired only once a few decades ago. Hosed a co worker down with a fire extinguisher. He deserved it.
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I was on a yearly contract and my contract wasn't renewed after a series of disagreements with my boss. Does that count? If I had it to do over again, would I have done things differently that would have resulted in me keeping my job? Probably. If I had it to do over again, would I have not taken that job in the first place (because it was a rather miserable work environment)? Also, probably.
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Fired only once a few decades ago. Hosed a co worker down with a fire extinguisher. He deserved it.
what kind of fire extinguisher?
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Fired once from an office job - jack of all trades type thing - when, after 2 years, I received a whopping $20 x-mas bonus (1st year bonus was 1/2 weekly salary, $80 - hey, this was 1977!), which I returned with a "thank You" card & note indicating that they obviously needed the $20 more than I did....
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Good luck on the job search.

I Was laid off permanently once during a merge , which it turned into a much greater opportunity in the end. Almost all the other transferred employees got fired after they had the knowledge sucked out of them.
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I was "liquidated" once. I laughed out loud at the boss for using that term. What an idiot. It seems they had been trying to call me in but she had the wrong phone number written on her note pad. That was way back while I was still in school.
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been there, done that, good luck! apply for unemployment, fill out the form to have taxes withheld and get a part time job and have plenty of taxes taken out especially state tax. it will help offset the unemployment. the part time job will extend your unemployment and qualify you for an additional extension should the need arise. no shame, you're not alone. the internet sucks for job hunting, get out there and shake hands and meet ppl and smile
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