To those who were FIRED(not downsized, outsourced, nor laid off) from their jobs through THEIR OWN FAULT(insubordination, poor work performance, bad attitude, lateness, and time/attendance issues), how did you rebound from being fired? Or did you ever rebound from being fired? Did you do better or worse since you were fired?
I worked as a secretary for a research doctor in early 1970's and was asked to leave because I was not experienced in that area, and didn't always write down what he dictated correctly, as I didn't know the terminology. He was somewhat ratty and impatient, and we didn't get on particularly well, but I was still mortified (and really missed not being able to pop into the Royal College of Surgeons Museum during my lunch hour!).
On another occasion, I was working as a secretary for a Printing firm, and the boss thought I wasn't accurate enough as any typographical errors showed the business up in a bad light, so I didn't last long there (a couple of weeks). Again, I was very embarrassed, and all the more so as I had been taught typing at a top London Secretarial college.
What did I learn from these experiences? I learned to be more accurate, and only to work in fields which interested me and where I was appreciated - law firms, barristers, the BBC Newsroom, hospital administration and architects.
I also learned what it was like to get the sack - a useful insight for when I was hiring and firing staff myself.
Once my children were in their teens, I studied and took exams to get onto a Law degree course, studied Law, and became a solicitor. It took me seven years before I actually qualified, but I made it.
I trained quite a few secretaries, receptionists and budding lawyers during my career, and having been rejected helped me to focus on what I really wanted. and how to bring staff up to scratch. They were all very willing and loyal, and stayed for years. The only two people I ever had to ask to leave had excellent skills but a bad attitude, and they didn't get on well with the other staff. They were good workers but miserable and critical of other staff, and just made life difficult. Both were very shocked when I asked them to leave after a month or two. I felt bad in a way, but building a good and willing team who were productive and happy together was important.
And always remember - when one door closes, another door opens, and, if you are open-minded, you can learn a lot from your mistakes
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I got fired from a job simply because my new boss didn't like me. I did excellent work, even going so far as to scrub the bed springs with a toothbrush (I worked in a nursing home as a house keeper).
What I've learned is that even morons with a tiny bit of power can use it to inflict misery on those under them.
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