Are You Fireproof?

If you’re fired from any job, getting the next one may be difficult. Employers will check your previous job history. From your first application through your interviews and evaluations, make sure you provide a true reflection of yourself and your capabilities. Here are some helpful tips to follow.
· When applying, never inflate your application. This is also known as lying. If you create expectations you cannot ultimately meet, you will be the loser.
· Once hired, read the handbook. What does your employer expect? Understand what is expected of you as quickly as possible. Realize where you can excel and where you may need help or training.
· Ask for a performance evaluation. Be ready to accept criticism. Knowing how you and your work efforts are perceived is the first step in learning how to better your performance and increase job security.
· Always ask how you can improve. Eagerness to learn is what companies want. Indifference is a red flag indicating a potentially unproductive worker.
· Don’t expect special treatment. Do not expect concessions because you are young or because this is your first job. You applied for it, you want the rewards, and you do the work.
· Be on time. If you are supposed to begin work at 3:00 p.m., this does not mean 3:12 p.m. “Approximately” 3:00 p.m. is not good enough. Disciplined time keeping is one of the best indicators of a conscientious and responsible employee. These are key characteristics considered in the path to promotion.
· Heed verbal and written counseling. These are steps in documenting your behavior and can lead to dismissal if ignored and not measurably responded to.
· Heed warnings. When you are told, “you’ll be fired if you do it again!” don’t risk repeating your mistake. It is the quickest and worst way of finding out if your boss backs up words with action.
· File grievances properly. If you believe you have been fired unjustly, the company or the EEOC will have a grievance process you can access. You also have the right to use a variety of governmental agencies to which you can address your complaint. The same holds true for sexual harassment and other commonly encountered employee issues.
· Honesty is the best policy in all things. From your first evaluation test, and throughout your working life, truthful answers will almost invariably reward. Evasion and obfuscation will not. You can always rely on the truth but never on lies.
For more information concerning how a PEO can assist you with addressing your employee administration exposures and needs, please contact  an LLRG PEO Consultant (toll free) at 877.878.6463. The LL Roberts proudly uses MindData Job Candidate Evaluation tools. For more info on MindaData, visit
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