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How to Lose a Job in 10 Days

August 24th, 2009

How to Lose a Job in 10 DaysWhen it comes to applying for a job, we often mull over the do’s and don’ts of a job interview. Most of us are familiar with thing like DO show up to the interview on time and DO come prepared having done your research about the company or organization. Similarly, when it comes to a job interview, we also know a lot of don’ts such as DON’T wear inappropriate clothing to your interview and DON’T badmouth past employers.

Sometimes it’s easy to think that once we have secured employment, the days of worrying about Do’s and Don’ts are over. Many of us forget to recognize that once we are in our new position, there are still many Don’ts that we rarely pay attention to, which could lead to harsh consequences and ultimately losing a job.

So, what are those ultimate Don’ts? What is it that people do that makes them lose their job? How, really, do you lose a job in 10 days?

  • Constantly arriving late, leaving early or taking long lunches without approval
  • Sending personal E-mails, Facebook-ing/Tweeting (for non work-related reasons), or surfing the web (again, non work-related)
  • Updating your online statuses while at work with complaints about your job and/or colleagues
  • Making excessive personal calls and sending and receiving lots of text messages
  • Engaging in office gossip and tattling on co-workers
  • Constantly sharing about your crazy weekends or the reasons you feel tired, lazy, or unproductive
  • Dress code violations
  • Talking about the new job you’re applying for or the job you really wanted instead of your current one

If you would like to learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing and employment, come meet with one of our career counselors @ Career Services!

2 Responses to “How to Lose a Job in 10 Days”

  1. Eric Stoller says:

    I wish that you had added a tiny caveat to the “Facebook-ing, Tweeting” bullet point. A lot of people get paid to develop content and communities using Facebook and Twitter.

    Perhaps it could read as “Sending personal E-mails, using Facebook/Twitter for non-work-related tasks and/or surfing the web.”???

    http://twitter.com/HHS_Advising
    http://twitter.com/OSU_HHS

    http://www.facebook.com/OSU.HHS
    http://www.facebook.com/HHS.Advising

  2. lapoura says:

    Great point, Eric! Will revise. And it also reminds us how tempting it can be to do the personal facebook while you’re on it for work too…

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