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Old 09-03-2007, 08:49 AM   #21
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Laid off seven times and fired twice.

I always worked at little start-ups who failed thus the lay-offs.

One firing was because my boss was truly mentally ill. I theorize that he was threatened by me because I had education in the field I was working in and he did not. His stated reason for firing me: asking for a red pen to mark up my computer printout of the program I was working on. A few weeks later he was arrested for throwing rocks through the county shriff's windows (on his house) in an effort to get the sheriff's wife to come to the window so that he could ask her out on a date.

The other firing was pretty much for cause as I pretty much stopped doing anything in a spate of bad attitude. I was "terminall ill," as my internist put it, from kidney failure. I felt horrible and was only still "working" to maintain my health insurance. I got fired and a few months later got a life saving kidney transplant. I have a much better attitude now.

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Old 09-03-2007, 11:53 AM   #22
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At a summer job during college, I kindly gave my 2 weeks notice to the boss who was always complaining about the employees who quit without giving notice. He promptly fired me. I learned some valuable lessons there. Never give notice unless you're ready to leave that day; never trust that your employer has your interests in mind; never believe the bulls__t that comes out of the employer's mouth. Those lessons served me well over the years.

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Old 09-03-2007, 12:27 PM   #23
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Interesting topic for Labor Day ...

I seem to have a talent for "being in the wrong place at the wrong time." I've been "laid off" five times - once after winning the national equivalent of an Oscar in two separate categories from a large professional organization, a feat that hadn't happened previously since 1947.

Twice those "lay offs" hurt psychologically. Three times I didn't care, but in each instance I bounced back financially to at least where I had been before and several times better than before (although once it took awhile). Fortunately, my wife and I have always lived below our means, and it wasn't as painful as it could have been. Decent severance packages eased the way in most of those instances as well.

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Old 09-03-2007, 02:03 PM   #24
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Sure, I've lost a few jobs along the way. If "fired" is all encompassing, each time I have ended up better than where I was before. The last time I ended up ER'd, which was the best result after all.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:23 PM   #25
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Logically, getting "fired " or "laid off" is part of the career journey and often an opportunity (in disguise) to move on to better things awaiting for us. Events happen for a reason. Emotionally, such an event is also devastating. It casts doubts about our ability and worth to the organization from we receive our termination notice. Fortunately, we can always recover from it. It is their loss.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:58 PM   #26
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My first job out of college was a "career" at the Southland Corporation (aka 7-11) - clerk minimum wage. We had a nice little group - manager, my roomate at the time, Italian girl with large breasts (but I digress), manager and other guy.

I took a job in the parts dept of a VW dealership (career move). However I could not move myself to tell them I was quitting at the 7-11 so I worked daytime at VW and nightime at 7-11. I was gwtting really tired after three weeks of this.

Just about this time I finally saved up enough to buy a water bed - no more sleeping on the floor for me.

On the day the bed was installed I went to work and the guy from corporate showed up. He took us in the back one by one and explained that we were being fired because they suspected that someone was stealing from the store.

I was so tired by that point that I just looked the guy in the eye, shook his and and told him "thank you". The look on his face was priceless.

The ironic thing was that the one guy they kept was the only one we thought might have been stealing.

I cut back to the one job and eventually became a computer programmer once I realized that my brain was athrophying at the parts dept.

The girl's father was a surgeon so she caved in and took the job he was pushing as an aide in the cardiology unit.

My roommate went to work at the local head shop. I guess two out of three ain't bad.
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:21 PM   #27
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I was laid off in 2002 from my first job as a scientist for a start up biotech company. The company ran out of money (we were unable to find new capital to continue operation and at the time the stock market was not suitable for an IPO). As employees, we knew we were having problems raising new funds, but we did not know how dire the situation was. Plus we had a good, innovative product and we were sure somebody would step in and bail us out (maybe big pharma). One day at 10:00 am the CEO called for an immediate staff meeting over the intercom and by 10:30 we were all laid off except one of us who was left to clean up the place. One good thing came out of this: My wife and I got 2 brand new computers for $100 each when the company's assets were sold at auction a few months later...
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:07 PM   #28
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In 1997 I saw the writing on the wall and lined up a new job to start in 3 weeks.
The next day when I was brought in to get the bad news about my layoff, my
counter-proposal of 3 weeks of halftime work (cleaning up one of my old
projects in another department) / vacation was accepted - my
boss saved 2 weeks of salary overhead, I qualified for the annual $6K 401k
match (which did not come out of my boss's budget).
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:50 AM   #29
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This is a true story:

I was fired once in my life........almost exactly TWO months to the day that I was named EMPLOYEE of the MONTH, because a higher up guy's brother needed a job.........

Oh well, it's kinda funny now........
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)

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Old 09-04-2007, 10:17 AM   #30
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I got fired from my first ever real job. I was 16 and working in a bakery. The owner of the bakery had a falling out with the manager, so he fired the manager. The next day, he decided to fire her whole staff because he thought we would have loyalty to her and be mad.

I showed up for my shift at 5am and he told me my services wouldn't be required anymore.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:27 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by kaudrey View Post
I got fired from my first ever real job. .....

Hey - me too! Pumping gas/restocking shelves at a convienience store gas station on the way to the coast. Worked Sundays and it was BUSY - which made it awkward that I had to hand the gas payments to the store owner so they could run the till. Someone came in and wanted 1/2 regular and 1/2 premium. Went in and told the owner something like $8 out of $10, went back out to give the change to the driver and the owner came rushing out, sure that I had only pumped $4 worth of gas and was somehow skimming some of the change. The driver jumped right in and told the owner I'd done just what he'd asked and that he had the right change, but I didn't work there after that.
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:38 PM   #32
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Many many times! And always re-hired by the same company, different department a few days later. Projects come and go, contacts remain. A couple of times I was devastated and then found out the full reason: the entire depart. was eliminated, or hey, it was him or me and they were afraid of him.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:14 PM   #33
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I worked part time in a sub shop in VA while on active duty in the Navy. Shame on me, but I had my Navy buddies come in, buy sandwiches, and dress them the way they asked. I was fired after 5 or 6 weeks for putting too much meat on the subs! (per the increased customer's requests!)
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:33 PM   #34
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Fired from my two early jobs in High School. Mowing lawns I really wasn't very good and didn't care.My second job was at a Pet Store. I was fine at the retail end cash register, helping customers select fish, pet supplies, but more than 1/2 the job was grooming dogs, which neither I nor the dogs owners were happy with.

Got laid off once in Silicon Valley, when a competing software firm, promised OEMs that their new operating system would be much better than my companies and cost 1/5 as much. The vaporware plus bad execution on our part killed the compnay. The other company was a Microsoft and the product Windows. Bill G was right it just took about 5 years instead 6 months like he promised... oh well.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:17 PM   #35
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I've been sacked more than once. I learned that there are some jobs I am not suited for. I also discovered that I do not cotton to being a wage slave. Happy today as a contractor in the brave new world of labour shortages.


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Old 09-12-2007, 05:21 PM   #36
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Never been fired or laid off.

Once had to 'fire' a graduate student in our program who just wasn't progressing and didn't want to do anything about it. I was kind of nervous (the job fell to me as head of the graduate program), and the other professors said I came across as "icy". However, he got a "real" job pretty quickly as a computer consultant, and was soon making what I was as an Associate Professor.

Jerry Garcia's "what a long strange trip it's been" pretty much describes most people's lives, I think.
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:39 PM   #37
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Not sure what the difference be fired and laid-off is. Either way you're recognized and rewarded. My letter said my position was "eliminated" ... is that fired or laid off?? Not sure ... don't care.

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Old 09-12-2007, 06:42 PM   #38
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Not yet. I had the a pretty nasty experience at work this week. We missed our Q numbers pretty badly so in response to that I got a call from a VP asking me to give him 2-3 names of people that will be let go next Friday (oh and "keep it quiet" he added). Have to cut costs. A bad feeling indeed, really makes you think .
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:46 PM   #39
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Was fired quite few times before I was an "adult." Got fired from an orange grove job, Hardee's, busing tables at an Inn, and was laid off from the field house while in college. Thankfully, I've never been fired in my adult life.
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Not sure what the difference be fired and laid-off is. Either way you're recognized and rewarded. My letter said my position was "eliminated" ... is that fired or laid off?? Not sure ... don't care.

Took a 20 year severence package on my fateful day.

I figure "fired" means you ****ed up.


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