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Does Being Terminated From A Job Hurt Future Career Chances

Updated on December 25, 2012
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Grace loves to write commentaries on psycho-cultural and sociocultural dynamics in its myriad forms.


Being Fired From a Job- The Positives and the Negatives

The Human Resource Officer wants to see you. As you enter the office, the Human Resource Officer closes the door behind her/him. There is a gloomy look on his/her face. Then you are informed that you have been terminated from your job. Yes, terminated! You are nonplused. You do not know what to do. You are now in tears. What now?

You are one of several thousands of people who are now terminated from their jobs. You are in a quandary as how to go forward. Does being fired from a job hurt future career chances? Well, it all depends upon the circumstances surrounding a person's termination from a job. Some people who are terminated from their jobs viewed it as a career opportunities. Through the art of networking with friends and relatives, these people find it easy to obtain another career, if not a better career. However, others who are terminated from their jobs view it as the end of the world. They feel that they are utter career failures and that there is nothing they could do regarding their career. They believe that no other employer wants them and/or they cannot start over for whatever reason.

Furthermore, the probability of obtaining future employment after termination is dependent upon the reason for the act of termination. If a person is terminated for sickness but his/her work performance is good, it would hardly be a problem for the terminated employee to obtain future employment. However, there is low probability that a person would obtain future employment if he/she is terminated for serious misconduct. His/her chances of obtaining future employment would be near impossible. Employers view those employees terminated for serious misconduct as dangerous people that other employees do not want to be around.

Persons terminated for unsatisfactory work performance and insubordination will find it difficult to obtain future employment. Employers look unkindly at those types of employees as it is believed that they will disrupt the working environment. Employers want cooperative and diligent employees.

A person's termination from his/her job does not necessarily hurt his/her future career chances. That person can obtain a job or even start in a future career but the road to this can be arduous. However, obtaining a job and/or career after being terminated can be done. As Larry Winget, career and business specialist, stated a person is fired because usually he/she is in the wrong job and being fired can help him/her get the right job.

© 2010 Grace Marguerite Williams


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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 20 months ago

      Changing jobs has always been bad for me. This last go around, in 2011, I even had a letter from my former company stating I was terminated because a government contract was canceled through no fault of mine. That was to no avail. I ended up getting a job that paid 60% less than what I was getting. It was the best I could do after a 10 month search.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Amen to you, Mr. Pummer. I totally concur!

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      Robert Pummer 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      The main thing that keeps people from finding a good job is holding onto a bad job.

      Great Hub ...

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      mr. daydream 7 years ago

      I couldn't agree more. Nicely put.