When you first get laid off, your instinct is undoubtedly to dive right into the job search. Maybe you'll give yourself a couple of days to deal with the transition to a largely unstructured lifestyle. More likely, though, you'll dive headfirst into the job search so your life can return to what feels normal as soon as possible.
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If you've ever been fired or laid off, you know it can be a traumatic experience, especially if you haven't been given a specific reason. Nobody really ever gets fired without a cause—there's always reason for letting go of an employee.
Underperformance<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMDQ4Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwODE3NDc4Mn0.pXuVu-Z2ZWURj_cuUftqYRKVsDfYIBlUcqbrCbnml-Y/img.jpg?width=980" id="48892" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="71ba0fa84fb3a1e1e91b0243f6e861d6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Employees unaware they could get fired for underperformance" /><p>If you've been constantly making bad decisions or not reaching your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/why-performance-reviews-are-important-and-helpful" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">performance objectives</a>, then this is one of the reasons you might have got fired. Review your performance over the past year. If you have been consistently hitting your targets or even outperforming your colleagues, then performance might not be the actual issue here.</p><p>However, if you realize your performance has been unsatisfactory, try to analyze whether there was anything you could have done to improve it. Once you understand what those things are, hopefully you won't repeat the same mistake in your next job.</p>
Wrong Attitude<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMDYzOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTg2MzEwNX0.PCoqGnSRPatsYnJANbb9RJgE3djcYAU-dVQS4aL92gM/img.jpg?width=980" id="3395a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7bfbe7e1ff73ff04419437ff2e83a8bb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional with wrong attitude at work at risk of getting fired" /><p><a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/stand-out-new-job" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Company culture</a> is very important to most organizations and if you do not fit into that culture then you might find it difficult to work there. For example, if every day you came in to work with a negative attitude, then your boss and/or co-workers probably noticed, and this might have played a part in you being fired.</p><p>Also, if you were missing too many days of work or arrived late to work all the time, that probably played a role in you being fired. Was the company just the bad fit for you (in which case, now you have a chance to find something more suitable!), or are there any other issues you need to address to ensure this doesn't happen again?</p><p>It is important that you find a job with a company that has culture and values you can relate to.</p>
Budget Cuts / Company Restructuring<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMDcxNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMzc5MzY2MX0.iutrB3gDTUywpt3Uu2oGMK7E2idihF-qVF_xePzvhIE/img.jpg?width=980" id="5de48" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="238482ad1b4e7c3b07f559af2fa5e706" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Employee receives bad news about budget cuts and company restructuring" /><p>This unfortunately happens, but it is nevertheless painful if you lose your job because of restructuring or budget cuts. Even if you think you were a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-get-ahead-at-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">strong employee</a>, you might still want to assess your attitude and performance. I remember once the company used 'restructure' as the reason of getting rid of a sales manager who wasn't the right fit.</p><p>Remember, just because you were fired doesn't mean it was always your fault or that you won't find another great job in the future. </p>
Can't Get Hired After Being Fired or Laid Off? This Could Be Why...<a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/webinar-ways-shut-out-hiring-process" ><img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMTE5Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTk3OTU2MH0.tSRIWrDvN2KLLKVVmWye70ME4f3maiqumcCS3ddeLq8/img.png?width=980" id="7a360" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e92df3b01d44ae82b15f0e9654d322e7" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="One of the 8 reasons you're not getting hired" /></a>
Have you ever been terminated from a job for some outrageous reason (like breaking a tooth)? The truth is, something bigger is going on when this happens. Today, career experts J.T. O’Donnell and Dale Dauten get to the bottom of the problem. Dear J.T. and Dale, I am 30 years old and recently was terminated because I broke a tooth and left work early. I was great at my job. I thought I had finally found my career and was about to get engaged to the love of my life. I need a career track if I want to get married. Any ideas? - Mike According to O’Donnell, something doesn’t add up. If you were great at your job but got fired because you had to go to the dentist, something else is going on. “That’s not an isolated reason to let somebody go,” she said. If you got terminated for something like that, you have to look at the bigger picture. You were hired to do a certain type of work. The work is what you’re good at, the work is what you get paid to do. However, you’re also paid to be part of the team, and that’s the job, according to Dauten. “You have to wonder was it the work or the job,” he said. You might have been great at the work you did at the company, but maybe you weren’t the best teammate. If you can, chat with some of your co-workers and ask them for feedback. How could you have been a better teammate? You need to investigate what went wrong so you can learn and grow from it, and ultimately find another job. “Employers are going to want to hear that you have resolved whatever it was that caused you to get fired in the last case,” said O’Donnell. What could I do better next time? What could I have done to be a better teammate? Start asking those questions so you don’t run into the same issue in the next job. So, if you got terminated for something as silly as breaking a tooth, chances are there’s something bigger at play. Investigate and understand what the reason is so you can learn from it and avoid it in the future.
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