What is THE CONNECTION between being fired from a job & becoming permanently une

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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago

    What is THE CONNECTION between being fired from a job & becoming permanently unemployable?

    People who are terminated/fired from their jobs, NOT laid off nor downsized, have a high potentiality of becoming unemployable as they are considered to be damaged goods.  Furthermore, employers only want people with STELLAR, PERFECT records to work for them.  It is also a MYTH that people who are terminated/fired from their jobs get BETTER jobs.  That is a fallacy, they either get WORSE or NO JOBS at all.  In essence, being fired is THE KISS OF DEATH for one's future job or career chances.


  2. Sakshi Davessar profile image59
    Sakshi Davessarposted 8 years ago

    I think if you are fired from a job there is no point of becoming unemployable. I mean this can be one possible outcome but surely not the only consequence. This is because if you have lost your job that does not mean that you lack the technical or any other job related traits (as this was the only reason that they had selected you). There can be other factors behind this like politics going on in business ( may be you are working so good that your senior might fear that you'll probably move to his level one day ).
    Note : Don't worry, with your expertise and experience you can surely fetch another job ( may be greater one - offering you more salary and respect )

  3. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago


    Let's be realistic here.  Being terminated/fired comes w/a stigma.  A terminated/fired person is viewed as a liability, failure, & even damaged goods.  H/she is deemed flawed & blemished.  The consensus is that if h/she wasn't flawed or blemished, h/she would not have been terminated/fired in the first place.

    Prospective employers are highly unlikely to hire a terminated/fired person.  They do not want people who will be a liability to their company.  They want & desire employees with stellar, unblemished, & perfect records.  This means that the terminated/fired person will have a very hard time getting a job.  If h/she gets a job, there is a likelihood that h/she will be terminated/fired again.  Also, this person will have a bad reputation as far as jobs go.  Employers will judge this person negatively in the light of his/her termination/firing. 

    The opinion is that once a person is terminated/fired, h/she is highly likely to be terminated/fired again........& again for whatever reason.  Terminated/fired employees are LESS likely to be rehired, especially in these precarious socioeconomic times.  If terminated/fired people are hired, it is oftentimes in less desirable jobs, not better jobs.  Let's face it, people who have been terminated/fired WON'T achieve any success.  Successful, especially HIGHLY successful people, HAVE NEVER been terminated/fired.  It is very likely that people who were terminated/fired will undergo similar patterns until they are eventually unemployable.   Being terminated/fired from a job is viewed as a severe character defect as most people AREN'T terminated/fired from their jobs.

    1. Michaela Osiecki profile image68
      Michaela Osieckiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Explain Steve Jobs then. You know that Apple fired him once, right?

    2. dashingscorpio profile image81
      dashingscorpioposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Very true!

  4. Michaela Osiecki profile image68
    Michaela Osieckiposted 8 years ago

    I was fired from a job once, due to mental health issues.

    Guess what? I make more money doing what I do now then at the crappy job that canned me.

    I think you're looking at this from a corporate perspective only and not everyone wants a corporate office job or even considers that to equate to personal success. I think you're being very narrow-minded about this issue.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image81
      dashingscorpioposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've also known people who switched up careers. They got their real estate license or became a loan broker and went onto to earn six figure incomes. One guy I know got a job working for Chrysler selling cars making $10k avg per month.

  5. dashingscorpio profile image81
    dashingscorpioposted 8 years ago


    Questions like this generally bring out the "exceptions".
    I guess I'm part of the myth! LOL!
    I was fired before and make more money today than I did then. I also own multiple rental properties, take tropical vacations, and live in a great neighborhood. I know I'm not the only one who "moved up".
    There are also world famous celebrities and entrepreneurs who documented being fired in the past, living in their cars, or whatever.
    Sure sometimes you have to take a step back to make a big leap.
    However I know in my case if I hadn't gotten fired I would probably still be at that company working a job I didn't care about but was "comfortable" doing. Looking back it's one of the best things to happen in my life. It wasn't the route I would have chosen.
    However I do think there are some people who accept defeat in their minds when life throws them a curve. They're not willing to take a job in a different industry, relocate, get additional training, launch a business, accept a temporary pay cut while they strategize to make a come back. If people can overcome filing bankruptcy, divorce, and foreclosures they surly can handle getting over being fired.
    Most people don't go around announcing to prospective employers that they were fired. The person who was fired is the first person who needs to be sold on their worth and value. They need to figure out why it happened and then come up with a reason they (left).
    I'm not talking about someone who routinely gets fired and is a slacker. I'm talking about someone who may have had a conflict with someone or was unable to meet their quota during hard economic times, office politics...etc
    A slacker is someone who was LUCKY to have a job in the first place!
    Truth be told the longer someone is out of work the more difficult it is to get a job whether they were fired or laid off. This is especially if they're older and insist upon initially earning what they were paid.
    Lets face it the U.S. has 50 states and 19,354 "incorporated places/cities and towns, and in 2010 there were 27.9 million small businesses, and 18,500 firms with 500 employees or more.
    Lets face it if someone REALLY wants to find a job and is persistent they can get back in the workforce. Even convicts get jobs!
    One's attitude has to be that whatever job you get after being fired is a "Stepping stone". In order to succeed you can't accept defeat.
    Negative "self-talk" will keep a person from even trying!
    Not everyone is going to say "no". Now that's the truth!


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