No matter how hard you work at your job, you know better than anyone how important it is to keep plugging away.
Whether you work for a big company or one with only a few dozen employees, jobs can go away in a matter of minutes.
While some jobs go the way of layoffs, others are the result of firings. If you end up in the latter camp, is there something you did to warrant your firing?
Don’t Put Yourself in a Bad Spot
So that you lower the odds of a firing in the first place, remember a few pointers:
- Job performance – The best way to increase chances of staying on is of course doing well in your job. Although there may be days you do not want to go to work, push yourself across the finish line. By being there and giving it your all, you come across as someone an employer would not want to lose. If you show up all too often with a hap-hazard attitude, it can come back to haunt you in the end. If you are having problems doing the responsibilities given, sit down with your boss. Often, an employer will work with someone who shows they want to be there and learn.
- Trouble outside the job – One of the ways to torpedo your career is by getting into trouble outside of your job. An example of this would be committing a crime. While a traffic ticket or other small infraction tends not to cost one a job; something more serious can. You may end up in a position where authorities are looking for you. So, what would you do if they showed up at your place of employment? Needless to say, the feeling of embarrassment could be overwhelming. If wondering do I have a warrant, do your best to get to the bottom of it. Go online and do a search to see if your name pops up under having a warrant out for your arrest. In the event you do find such a thing, work to deal with the matter as soon as possible.
- Job hopping – Last, do you feel as if all those jobs on your resume are a good thing? Sure, having a wide range of experience never hurt anyone. That said you do not want it to look as if you hop from job to job on a continual basis. Doing so can rub many employers the wrong way. While an employee staying with the same firm 40 years is becoming less of a thing, you do not want to skip from job to job. To many employers, this is a sign of one who either has trouble holding down a job or is not happy at one spot for long. Make sure to review your resume before sending it out. If it seems like a shaky resume, work to fix this moving forward. While your personal life may mean dating safety would be a priority, make sure to not lose focus on the importance of your professional life either.
So, will you do all you can to avoid career suicide now and for years to come?