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How I Got Fired From Many Jobs

Updated on June 8, 2013

There were lots of fabric samples

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Fabric Store

I Got Fired

I got fired from more jobs than I quit. This getting fired from jobs started when I was 15 years old. I went to work for a drapery and upholstery fabric store. My job was to type labels for samples of fabric, which included changing the typewriter from lowercase to uppercase and continual changing of red and black typewriter ribbon. Yes this was a long time ago. After my first day and a wastebasket full of unusable labels I was let go. The lesson learned here was that I should have stuffed the labels in my purse.

My stint at a law office

I just got confused
I just got confused

The Law Office

In my junior year of high school I went to work for a group of lawyers. One of the lawyers dictate about 20 letters to me. I was put in the storage room with a typewriter. I proudly came out of the storage room several hours later, and asked the lawyer why all the letters were addressed to Ray. It turned out that I though "re" was Ray. I was asked to leave on the spot and find new employment. I should have addressed this problem in the beginning before starting to type, instead of waiting until after which would have saved my job.

Diahatsu Trimobile

I found a job working for Diahatsu Trimobile-- three wheeled car. This car was fairly new in the United States. I was in college at the time and needed some extra money. I was hired as the secretary to the Vice President. I was quite impressed to be offered such a prestigious position. However, my joy was short-lived. The second week of employment I was asked to take dictation from the President of the company, as his secretary was out sick. After two hours of dictation I filled an entire book of shorthand. I went back to my office to type the letters but could not read my writing. I was asked not to return the next day.

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Work at Slenderella

Slenderella was a place with special machines to help women take of unwanted inches on their bodies. Women were placed on a the machine for twenty minutes and then they were turned around on the machine for another twenty minutes. There were about thirty of these machines at Slenderalla, and when the ladies pressed a buzzer I immediately went to their booth and turned them around. The machines were set up to exercise the entire body. I was not really fired from this job but I went home really exhausted and wished I was fired. Fortunately Slenderella did go out of business. And for once I was not blamed for anything.

Selling Maternity Clothes at Saks Fifth Avenue

I was hire by Saks Fifth Avenue to work in the stockroom as a summer job. However the saleslady in the maternity department quit abruptly. I got to sell maternity clothes to many celebrities. I had never used a cash register before, and no one had time to show me. Needless to say after a week on the job I was relieved of my duties. Never mind that unfair firing, I sold a lot of clothes.

Temporary Agency Jobs

I did apply to a temporary agency to fill in with extra work during summer vacations. Actually I did quite well until I messed up a filing system. I was not called again.

Radio and TV Station Representatives

I worked for a Radio and TV Station Representative for a few years and actually did quite well until the boss was fired. So when I got married and moved to Chicago I got a good recommendation for a similar company and was hired, but I was fired--of course--for a bad attitude. I wanted to leave five minutes early to catch the "L" and that qualified as a poor work ethic and bad attitude.

Medical Supply Company

Medical Supplies
Medical Supplies

Medical Supply Company

My second job in Chicago after I was married was with a Medical Supply Company. They wanted to hire me at a salary lower than I wanted. They promised me a raise in one month if I did well. And I did do well and got the raise. Since it was a small office the other girls knew about the raise but not why I got it, and they decided to give me the cold shoulder. I was very young and making a huge adjustment getting married and living in cold Chicago and my work went downhill. They just had to fire me.

An Engineering Firm

This job with the engineering company had a lot of promise, and believe it or not they were happy with my work and attitude until they found out my religious preference. They even asked me if my husband was that religion. I was honest with them and said we were both of the same faith. They immediately let me go. I guess this would not happen today.

Jobs I Quit

I have held many jobs during the years and I often came home full of enthusiasm at first. The first week was often filled with hope, enthusiasm and joy .By the second work I came home quietly and when asked how work was I just answered "fine". By the third week I was very quiet and grumbling. By the fourth week I was often out the door looking for a new job.

I have had many jobs that I quit for one reason or another. I basically do better working for myself and dealing with the ups and downs of whatever business I happen to have been in. There are many more jobs some of which I want to forget and others that I have forgotten.

Jobs I Didn't Get

While trying to find work while my first husband was in school, I applied to an advertising company. They gave me a typing test and I managed to do 20 words per minute. Obviously I didn't get the job, and believe it or not I asked for more money than they were willing to pay.

I once applied to a major Public Relations job of which I knew nothing. I figured I could learn on the job. It is a good thing I didn't get the job or I surely would have been fired. I actually was hired to be Public Relations director of another large advertising company. I didn't even know what the job would entail. It is a good thing the office closed down in two weeks.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting; took me down memory lane. I've been fired both time and deserved it both times. Turns out I shouldn't show up to work drunk...who would have ever guessed it. LOL Great hub!

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      Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

      My heart goes out to you, believe me. I've gotten fired from more than half of the jobs I got hired at, and it was because I was either too slow or they hired too many people. I only had one job that I didn't get fired from, and that was from AB. Regardless of how expensive it would have been, I should have stayed there.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      A fun look at a common human experience. I am sure everyone has been fired or quit at least once. It builds character, I suppose. Or at least it give us a thicker skin. Fun hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      BillyBucI kind of look back and get a good laugh. I do tend to flit around and it is amazing to me I had my gift basket business for 14 years.

      NatAmaral: I think it is fun to look back though at the time I was not very happy. I love writing about past experiences especially fun ones. thanks for stopping by and comments.

      donnah75: thanks for stopping by and nice comments.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Carol. You had me laughing all the way through this. It did bring some great (sort of) memories of old jobs as a kid that did not go well. Guess that's part of life. Very entertaining Hub.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Carol -

      I was once hired as a Training Director. Coming from a competitor that the sales training had jumped their sales 6 times, they wanted me to do that. Within two years, sales were so good we were constantly beating the old competitor every month. I was fired because they now had a successful staff that no longer needed training. Sometimes, you just can't win!

      A great hub and time travel! By the way, the Border Patrol was looking here a while back for Arizona positions! lol

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, very much enjoyed reading all the jobs you have had and those that you were either, fired, quit from or did not actually get hired. I quite enjoyed your humor here on some of the reasons why you were fired or quit. Have of course voted up and shared too!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      bdegiulio: Yes we can all look back at the past and get a good laugh. I have to admit I was pretty flakey..maybe still am. Thanks for stopping by..

      rcrumple: I do know that when you are too good sometimes that is not so good. But you know you did a good job and that is what counts.

      janine huldie: Thanks so much for stopping by and I am glad you got a laugh...I can always laugh at myself and try not to take myself so seriously. thanks for vote and share...

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      If you ask me, jobs and careers are way overrated and never fulfilled my dreams. Just do what you like the best and the money will follow. Really enjoyed you hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. And I appreciate your nice words.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I remembered my typewriter with ribbon when you metioned it in your hub. Sometimes you just laugh at those things when you get fired. I did not get fired yet and as of now I don't have a job so I got very less chance to experience it.

      But I was shouted by my principal before to get out of her office because I explained my actions. She doesn't like it. She cannot fire me because the owner of the school knows me and they know how I work.

      Thanks for sharing this carol7777 I really enjoyed it. Voted interesting and useful. Take care!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great Hub Carol. I can identify! I have had many, many jobs over the years -- most of which I didn't like. I have been fired, laid-off and quit on my own accord. I agree that working for oneself is preferable to answering to someone else. At least I get to do that part-time with HubPages! The rest of the time I have to punch the clock and answer to a manager (something I'm not too fond of, but these days $$ is $$!). ;)

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Carol - this was fun to read, but I do feel kind of bad that you got fired so often! Guess it happens to everyone. May I ask what your religious affiliation is? It really made me angry to read that you were fired because of your religion! Anyway, somehow I've avoided every being fired (but I'm still young), but I have been laid off and had my hours cut from several places of employment. That's why self-employment (farming, to be specific) is the only way to go for me!

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      melbelle 4 years ago from Southern United States

      Very good hub. I have been fired a few times or laid off due to the bad economy. I guess we have all been there. One I was actually glad to be laid off from, because the bosses were horrible people to work for. Glad to know that there are other people that have been in the same boat. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ignugent17: Thanks for stopping by and kind words. And sharing your experience.

      Lindacee: today is survival for sure. Thanks for coming by and sharing your situation. I know we would all just like to win the lottery.

      Farmer Rachel: Enjoy your farming..outdoors and producing. I hope you do like it. Thanks for sharing

      Melbelle: Thank you for stopping by and reading the hub. We don't always get to choose our bosses do we????

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Interesting hub, good job. I've never been "fired" per se, but I've been laid off a couple of times. It seems unfair that you were fired after only one day a couple of times. Hard for anyone to learn a new job in that timeframe.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      nanderson500 thanks for stopping by. I just had a knack for getting fired. However, as I said before I look back with a sense of humor.

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      Cindy Payne 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I enjoyed this! Don't get fired no more! LOL!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      no more getting fired. No more jobs, just doing what I love. Thanks for stopping by.

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      tamron 4 years ago

      Well look at it this way! At least you didn't have that many husbands.

      I will give ya credit at least you stuck your neck out there! Funny but Great Hub! I bet there are a lot of people who could relate to your hub!

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Yes, we all have our job stories, don't we? Some of yours are very funny - great short story material, ya know? Hey, don't feel bad - I've been fired a few times as well. Later!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      tamron: You are right..only two husbands. It was all pretty crazy.

      kosmos: You are so right we all have stories about jobs..I did have a lot of jobs...andI didn't mention them all. Thanks for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I won't. I promised my husband no more jobs.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Carol, I have to say I really admire you and your honesty and that you have shared about the jobs you were fired from. I am unemployed and have been for a while because I am too afraid to go find work because of the fact that I was, well.. as much as I hate to say it, fired and it's been hard because I had never been fired before. I am sure people who read this may think surly it's something that I did wrong to cause it but I honestly worked very hard at both places and it was very hurtful to be let go. I think that for both jobs it didn't have to do with my work performance (which it should be) but it was more because I didn't "fit in" or I wasn't in the clique. Both experiences have made me scared to death to go out and look for work again. Thank you for another wonderful hub, voting up :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sometimes getting fired is just about economics. No one will every judge you. Try to swallow the fear and head out. I don't think I am thick skinned and maybe if it happened today I wouldn't be so cavalier about it. So I hope you will venture out...and you may be surprised. Keep me posted. Thanks for the kind words.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Carol, I DO have to do it.. I feel so much better about myself and my life when I'm working. I've let fear hold me back WAY TOO LONG on this one. You are right, there are nice people out there who do not judge. Thank you for the encouragement :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Any time..I am here just vent away. I have been through many of the same feelings so take it from one who knows and understands.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This so reminds me when I was younger (1980s and 1990s) I was such a drifter and was signed up with a bunch of temp agencies and they kept sending me on really bad temp assignments. One right after the other. I kept hoping the perfect assignment would appear one day and turn into a permanent position. Ha! I was such a dreamer because that never happened! LOL

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      i know we all do have our stories and times when we just didn't get it all together. However as you said..you were young. Being a dreamer is not all bad.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Carol...this one had me chuckling all the way through! You certainly can never be accused of not being persistent!! lol. I love your attitude! Hey, sometimes, things just don't work out......a little more often for some of us!.....Nothing beats working for one's self. We think we're awesome, worth more money and like to take time off!! .....great hub, Carol..UP++

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you for kind words. We write and we hope people will enjoy. thank you so much and for the great UP

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol, very interesting and the comments show that many of us have been fired in a job. I guess this is part of the job. At other times we happen to leave for greener pastures. I guess we shouldn't be hung up too much on the firing part and I enjoyed the lighthearted way to put it across in this hub.

      Voted up, funny and awesome.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much for visiting. Mostly it was just kind of tongue in cheek able to sort of laugh at myself. However these situations are real.. Thanks for visiting and the votes.

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      Heather Adams 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hey Carol - it's not always fun to reminisce about jobs that went wrong, but you crafted a list with humor and honesty - a great feat! It reminded me, as others have said, of my own workplace stories, both good and bad. I like how you learned from what happened - there is always something to be gained, although it may take a while to see what!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      So true my friend. There are just so many lessons in life and they are never ending..However I am always glad to be alive and learn these lessons. Thanks for stopping in for a visit.

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      Heather Adams 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      You bet - I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Your very funny hub would have made a great "I Love Lucy" script. It reminded me of the time Lucy and Ethyl got hired at a bakery and fouled up the pie line ! ! !

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you..I watched many Lucy reruns and laughed over and over. Thanks for stopping by

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      Entrepreneur 3 years ago

      Start your own business....Screw the jobs they lead to nowhere....Create wealth for yourself!!!!:)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I have and I do...

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