If you’ve ever been fired or laid off, you know it can be a traumatic experience, especially if you haven’t been given a specific reason.

Nobody really ever gets fired without a cause – there’s always reason for letting go of an employee. There are multiple reasons why people are let go (reorganization, under-performance, being drunk at work, harassing co-workers, bitching about your boss on social media, breach of company’s policies etc), but there are 3 that are most common in my experience and 2 of them are almost completely avoidable.


If you’ve been constantly making bad decisions or not reaching your performance objectives, then this is one of the reasons you might have got fired.

Review your performance over the past year. If you have been consistently hitting your targets or even outperforming your colleagues, then performance might not be the actual issue here.

However, if you realize your performance has been unsatisfactory, try to analyze whether there was anything you could have done to improve it. Once you understand what those things are, hopefully you won’t repeat the same mistake in your next job.

To read about 2 more reasons, please click here.

About the author

Margaret Buj is an interview coach who has been helping professionals get hired, promoted and paid more for over eight years. She is also a qualified Personal Performance & Corporate and Executive Coach and can help you with developing confidence and the attitude that will make it easier for you to get any job you want. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Margaret here.



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