Were You Terminated Due to Personality Conflict, Destructive Politics or Other Negative Workplace Events?


One of the hardest things for job-seeking individuals to get passed is the pain of termination. You and the boss did not get along. So who goes? Why, you, of course! You’re fired!It’s bad enough if you lose your job through corporate downsizing, “restructuring,” company relocation or closure, but to lose your job because someone in power favored someone over you, sabotaged you or made a bad workplace situation worse or just didn’t see eye-to-eye with you — or was just plain abusive, is the hardest thing to dust yourself off, get up and start over again after feeling “poisoned” by a toxic work environment.

As an employment counselor, I see this all the time. It happens to the best of us and somewhere along the line, I am willing to wager, most people will have experienced it at least once in their working lifetime.

“The boss was a mental case. He’d curse and scream and throw things…” Or, “She was such a bitch.”(like the boss in Damages or The Devil Wears Prada).  Or I hear about how someone challenged some unfairness at work, or meant well on some issue but was misunderstood and before you know it, unspoken, implied bad vibes filled the air and settled like a pall over every workday. You can cut that tension, as the saying goes, with a knife in those situations…

Sadly, things can’t always be helped in cases of personality conflicts. Sometimes it’s just the way it is and nobody’s fault. It probably happens more often than not and not everyone is open to admitting it. It’s uncomfortable. You know it when it interferes with the performance of your work and you hate going in everyday. Better to get out and into a new job before being fired. People sometimes receive unemployment insurance due to firing or quitting. There is no hard and fast rule as the department of labor has appeals and grievance procedures and does hear the person out and judges on a case-to-case basis. However, there are no guarantees of receiving benefits. The hearings listen to employer as well as the employee challenging a refusal to issue benefits and this certainly is not a statement saying it’s OK to quit your job and expect to collect benefits. You are far better off slipping away into a new job before losing your current, unbearable one through being forced out and having to explain and hope the labor folks rule in your favor. It can go either way and you might be stuck holding the bag, complicating your grief, anger and bitterness. Even if you get unemployment benefits, you’ll still be bitter. That bitterness will destroy your job search efforts.

You must start over, no matter what!  

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What You Need to Know Before Enrolling in Vocational Training


art by The Design SurgeryYou lost your job. You’re tired of that field anyway, so now you’ve decided to go back to school for new skills and make a career change. It’s a wonderful idea to want to better oneself and a sound one that makes sense—in an ideal world. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to learn and advance in one’s education. But before you take out that hefty loan for a certificate program and have a debt hanging over your head with no job prospects, consider some valuable tips:

Make sure the school is accredited by your state education department and is on the Eligible Training Provider List of your state’s labor department website. This means that the school had to meet certain important criteria and be validated.

Don’t go by hearsay as to employment opportunities. National labor statistics tell you that certain fields are growing. It’s important to remember that these statements are overall projections for the entire country and often do not and cannot take into consideration wild fluctuations due to the economy at any given time. The local regional reality for your desired field may be much different from those reports. Talk to people employed in your desired field. They offer the best reality-check. While labor stats may say one thing about how the medical field is proliferating in opportunities, local hospitals are laying off all professional levels like crazy and closing their doors in some cases.

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The Unexpected Phone Call


(Writer’s Preface) I have gone through a great deal of ups and downs in this experience we call job search.  The one I am writing about today does not belong to me; it belongs to one of my network contacts.  I made some minor changes to preserve the anonymity of those involved.  I felt, however that my contact’s experience is worth sharing.  Although I would not wish this experience on anyone, it shows how one of the worst obstacles to re-employment can be resolved. 

The Unexpected Phone Call:  Part One

It was a Friday Morning during the month of March.  Beverly (most of her friends call her Bev) was starting her day.  She was unemployed for eight months, and never expected her time between jobs to last this long.  Bev was never one to give in to persecution complexes; however she couldn’t shake the feeling that someone out there was inhibiting her attempts at re-employment.

During the past months, Bev had several interviews; however the result was always the same.  She would be called in for a first interview, and in most cases she would be given a follow up interview.  Bev would always e-mail thank you letters and follow up with every prospective employer.  Despite her follow up calls, Bev would not receive responses from many prospective employers, even when they promised to give her a fast answer about the position she applied for.  Eventually, some employers told her that the position she applied for was filled, and refused to give any further details.  Bev would always ask follow up questions as to why she did not get the job, however she never received any information that would point to a specific reason.

On this particular morning Bev would discover the main reason why she never received employment offers…

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The Boomerang Effect.


Last week I met one of my former co-workers.  I was really happy for him six months ago when he told me that he landed a great position.  When we met, however, I immediately noticed that he was not as cheerful as he was when we last spoke.  I asked him if everything was OK, and his answer was as follows: “This is really upsetting. I was out of work for nearly a year; and as you know, I was relieved when I finally landed a job.  I took a modest cut, but I was glad to be working.” My former co-worker continued; “I was on the job for less than four months and everything seemed to be going well.  All my projects were on schedule and the ones I had completed for were finished under the allocated budget.  I expected a stellar six-month review.  But that is not what happened.  A day before my four month anniversary, I was called into the Director’s office.  I was laid off.  They told me that the company had a budget crisis which forced the layoff.  So here I am, out of work again!”

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How Social Media Can Land You a Job — and Lose You One, Too!


There was a time one hundred years ago when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone that people were skeptical just as they were at any time in history when change was inevitable or a great new idea or invention materialized. It happened with Christopher Columbus’ designs on sailing to the New World and just about with everything else. People were afraid the telephone would ruin civilization, hurt relationships, break up families…Today it is no different with social media, the online places and sites where people are in constant communing with one another and simultaneously—potentially—millions. Amazingly, people are skittish and afraid. Eventually with time they will come around with social media. No doubt, it’s here to stay as a primary source of communication that will continue to evolve.

Facebook and Linkedin.com are among the most used and widely known. But many companies fear the power of social media and how staff can hurt their image, give away their secrets and in general waste time and money by employees who veg out on these sites during working hours. Did you know that today, even some big-name bank corporations do not allow access to Linkedin.com on their computers? Some agencies have closed out Facebook access from their IT systems? (Sounds a little like Egypt, doesn’t it?) Eventually, like everything else, the corporate world will not feel it necessary to “block” social media sites. In fact, it’s the wise business, big or small, that realizes the endless benefits to be gained by dipping into the keyboard and clicking a mouse on the screen. Change is a process, sometimes a lengthy one with ten steps backwards for every one step forward. Give it time. The social media concept is still very new on the timeline of civilization.

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What 3 Job Seeker Types Scare Recruiters Away?


It seems some in the ranks of the chronically unemployed… are unemployed for a reason. One of three reasons, to be exact.

Their failure to find work is often because they fall into one of three job seeker personality types: the Ego, the Victim and the Stalker… each which scare away hiring managers and recruiters – and drive them toward safer, more “stable” candidates.

The Ego

The Ego personality type is typically a person who writes checks his resume can’t cash.

Perhaps they’ve been downsized, or climbed the ranks of management to the point they just can’t deal with the thought of sliding backward. Maybe they obtained a certain status within their industry, or developed an elitist attitude in their professional lives. For certain, they don’t seem to realize that was an economic lifetime ago – and they can’t let go.

If you are an Ego job seeker personality type:

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The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act to be Reintroduced; Press Conference Planned for February 9th.


The American 99ers Union, a coalition of 19 advocacy groups and individuals, was contacted by the office of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on January 13th, with respect to the reintroduction of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (HR 6556). A press conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on the morning of Wednesday, February 9th, announcing the reintroduction of the bill, which provides 14 more weeks of unemployment compensation to 99ers and other benefit exhaustees as an extension of Tier 1. Below are two important points about the bill:

This extension will be paid for under The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008.

The 14-week extension will be attached to the first tier extension that was created under the Bush Administration. In doing so all 99ers would be included, as there are no individual state “triggers” like those found in the fourth tier extension.

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The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act to be Reintroduced; Press Conference Planned for February 9th.


The American 99ers Union, a coalition of 19 advocacy groups and individuals, was contacted by the office of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on January 13th, with respect to the reintroduction of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (HR 6556). A press conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on the morning of Wednesday, February 9th, announcing the reintroduction of the bill, which provides 14 more weeks of unemployment compensation to 99ers and other benefit exhaustees as an extension of Tier 1. Below are two important points about the bill:

This extension will be paid for under The Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008.

The 14-week extension will be attached to the first tier extension that was created under the Bush Administration. In doing so all 99ers would be included, as there are no individual state “triggers” like those found in the fourth tier extension.

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