Fired for Being Ethical
Jan28

Fired for Being Ethical

I received a letter from a woman in India who was recently fired for being ethical and upholding her values and principles. Here’s her story: I’m from eastern part of India. I have work experience of 14 years in IT. Last April 2014, I joined a start-up company as Technical Lead & Project Manager as they wanted my ability to help the company grow. Things were good till I hired an ex colleague of mine as my junior. After a month...

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Strategies to Overcome Unemployment
Oct16

Strategies to Overcome Unemployment

Let’s face it – how to overcome unemployment is difficult – especially when you are in the middle of it. Confidence is low because you may have just gotten laid off or fired from your last job. While it seems brutal and personal, being let go is the process that companies use to: Right size their staffs Let people go that are not a good fit with their culture Move poorer performers out to bring in high performers So what are the best...

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Are You about to be Fired?
Aug05

Are You about to be Fired?

I received a letter from someone who is about to be fired and is thinking ahead, most of the time people are scrambling after the fact. Sometimes you see the signs in your organization or from your boss that you are about to be fired is about to happen, what do you do? Here’s her letter: First, thank you for your article about termination settlements. It was very helpful. Second, I am anticipating being fired on Wednesday. I have been...

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How to Leave a Toxic Work Environment
Jun17

How to Leave a Toxic Work Environment

This letter came from a reader who is experiencing a toxic work environment. Here’s her story: I am looking to get advice on my current work situation. I have been very sick due to my work place environment. I took a STD (short-term disability) for 4 months. I went back, but to the same thing all over again. They are now documenting me and trying to find things where they think I have been dishonest. I told them it’s untrue and...

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Career Rethink
May12

Career Rethink

Evaluating your career happens at many stages in life – I call it career rethink. I have worked with people from their early 20’s to late 60’s who have a strong desire to make a change for the better. Sometimes you are forced into change, other times it is a personal choice to do it. Career rethinks happen while you are working or after losing a job. Regardless of the reason, you may feel uncomfortable or stressed because you are...

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Fired: What to say on a job application
Apr28

Fired: What to say on a job application

Should I give a detailed explanation on my job application about why I was fired? The answer is NO – that is unless you really don’t want the job! You will have to put down a reason why you left your last job on a job application and if you were fired, then what you put down is really important. Depending on how you explain why you were fired will either spark an invitation for an interview or your job application will be...

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