10 Career Lessons From #ReasonYouWereFiredInTwoWords
The last thing you should do, if you get fired, is tweet about it — especially in the heat of the moment, when you’re embarrassed and trying to gather up the tattered bits of your dignity. If you’ve got a severance package, blabbing could even jeopardize it. No matter what, you want to look professional. No one wants to hire the person who complained about their former employer on social media, even if that employer really deserved it.
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That said, there is a time and a place for talking about job loss on social media. Today’s trending hashtag #ReasonYouWereFiredinTwoWords shows us how it should be done — tongue in cheek, with no details, ideally about someone else — and what we can learn from the experience.
1. Attention to detail: it’s not just a line on your CV.
Because I can’t count.
— 2nd in the league!!! (@JCooksey180) March 2, 2015
2. Punctuality matters, and so does quality of work.
— Barbara Conover (@BarbaraConover) March 2, 2015
3. Don’t lie on your resume or anywhere else.
— 50 Shades of Gregg (@Motormouth_65) March 2, 2015
4. What’s cute on TV isn’t cute in real life.
— Joe Charman comedian (@JoeOnVine) March 2, 2015
5. Don’t be passive-aggressive.
Subtweeted Boss #ReasonYouWereFiredInTwoWords
— View from my office (@viewfrommyoffic) March 2, 2015
6. Take good care of office equipment. (Also: don’t lose your temper.)
— Michael Mann (@Michaelbmann3) March 2, 2015
7. Don’t be a creeper.
— Ger-balls (@one_ring_77) March 2, 2015
8. Security matters.
— TLBKlaus (@TLBKlaus) March 2, 2015
9. Be considerate while using public spaces.
— Jared Montana (@MoreArmadillos) March 2, 2015
10. Don’t tweet on the company time.
Twitter addiction. #ReasonYouWereFiredInTwoWords
— Melissa McDonald (@M3lissaMcDonald) March 2, 2015
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.