Having experienced first-hand what it is like to hated by employers, to be fired by a manacle dictator, and to be forced to do cruel, mediocre jobs, wondering if one should quit before getting canned is quite familiar. Here are some things that have been learned along the way that will help others endure the hardship of working for ‘Hitler’.
Consider the Job Hunt Paid For
By not quitting, one gets a paycheck while searching for work. Do the minimal tasks required for the current job and no longer be concerned about being a “star performer”. After all, they are going to fire you anyway, right? Don’t be a slacker, but do remember that in all likelihood that they are waiting for the perfect chance to get rid of you.
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Sticking with the Job Looks Better
Most employers will consider you in higher demand if you are employed, even if this is incorrect. Employers don’t have to know you were fired. The only thing that they can contrive from a former employer is the dates of employment. If the employment that you were fired from was brief, leave it off your resume.
Here’s how to write that resume while you are job searching before or after being fired.
Tip: Only 3% of married people had sex on the first date. Therefore, don’t reveal everything to a prospective employer through your resume!
Employed People do Better in Interviews
As said earlier, firing doesn’t bring stigma as so popularly believed. The prospective employer can only find out when you worked, nothing else. Positive people get hired, even if they are not the most experienced or qualified. If asked why you are no longer in your last job (if already fired), or considering another job (if still employed), just say that the job wasn’t a right fit for you. You don’t have to go into detail. It’s like the above tip on not revealing everything on a resume. Don’t reveal everything in an interview.
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Think Being Fired as Rite of Passage
As mentioned earlier, everyone gets fired. It’s perfectly normal! It’s like breaking up with a lover. It’s going to happen until you find the right partner or job. The stigma of being fired, real or imagined, is what everyone fears, even if they have a Harvard Law education and looks like a Barbie/Ken doll. So, take it with a grain of salt and fill the extra time in joining a support group, reconnecting with loved ones, spend time with your kids, or find a new hobby. Don’t forget to look for work!
Network While Employed
Before the inevitable firing, network with as many people at your job as possible. If people already like you, ask for their reference. After being fired, continue to connect with these people in order to “remind them of how they liked you”. Let’s face it, people eventually move on and forget people even if they were awesome and likable. Is there a company next to yours in the building? Hob-knob with them too! Make sure as many people as possible see your shining happy spirit.
Don’t be a jerk or have rude mannerisms during interviews, no matter how lame the job is and how impersonal the hiring person is to you. They are going to pay you to be there, hopefully, so fake the biggest smile ever!
The above advice is contrived from personal experience.