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Starting & Keeping a Job

So, it’s here!  Your first day at your new job.

Some aspects of your first day at work will be your responsibility, other aspects will be your employer’s responsibility.  

Are you prepared?  Do you know what to expect?

Top 10 reasons why people lose their jobs

1. Not being punctual
Being consistently late to arrive for work or being late back from breaks.  Turning up late for appointments or meetings – especially with customers or with the boss!

2. Sickness
Taking a ‘sickie’ when not actually sick!  Failure to provide doctors certificates for prolonged absence due to sickness.  Failing to inform an employer of an existing medical condition that could affect your ability to perform in your job.

3. Gross Misconduct
This can lead to immediate dismissal because it is serious enough and possibly criminal, e.g. stealing, drug and/or alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, manipulating or falsifying information / fraud, imprisonment, blatant abuse of company policy or company property.

4. Inappropriate Behaviour
Swearing, using unacceptable language.  Refusing to follow reasonable directions and orders. Dishonesty or lack of integrity whilst at work. Not taking your job seriously.  Taking advantage of designated break times e.g. going out for a cigarette every hour or taking lots of tea breaks.

5. Bullying
Bullying other people in the workplace or cyber-bullying.

6. Inappropriate use of social media
(e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) during work time.  Texting, making / taking personal calls or surfing the internet on non-work related websites.  Conducting personal business at work.

7. Poor performance
Not achieving reasonable or agreed targets, inconsistent or unreliable performance, inability to complete assigned job tasks, performing tasks slowly or with numerous errors.

8. Lack of Team Working
Inability to get along with work colleagues leading to a reduction in group or team productivity. Not getting along with people in the workplace.

9. Redundancy
Redundancy is a type of dismissal. Redundancies take place when there is no longer enough (or any) work for an employee at a company or when a company restructures the workforce and the job being done no longer exists or has been automated.

10. Lying on your CV (and/or in interview).
When it becomes apparent that you have deceived an employer in order to get the job – don’t expect to keep it!

OK, so what happens when you think you’re ready to apply for your next job?  What are the ‘unwritten rules’ to finishing one job and starting the next?

12 tips on finding a new job without losing your current one…

  1. Be discreet. Choose carefully who you confide in.
  2. Don’t use the company telephone, voice mail, email, or fax machine in your job search.
  3. List home or mobile phone numbers on your CV – not your work one!
  4. Interview on your own time.
  5. Don’t be dishonest. If you must take a day off to interview, tell your current boss you are taking the day off for “personal reasons”.
  6. Don’t show up to work wearing interview clothes. Wearing a suit on casual Friday will be a dead give-away that you’re in the job hunt.
  7. Use privacy settings on online job search services.
  8. Be sure to tell the companies you are interviewing with that your job search is completely confidential.
  9. Don’t use your current boss or co-workers as references. Use those from past jobs instead.
  10. Don’t use company contacts to further your career. Use contacts outside your organisation.
  11. Don’t give in your notice until you have a written offer from your new employer.
  12. Don’t burn bridges with your current employer.  You never know when you will see them or work with them again!
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