Post # 1
Yup, awesome. Said no one ever.
Now I know my attendance wasn’t stellar, I have serious health conditions. But considering I had worked there for over a year and even hindered my recovery from major cardiovascular surgery by returning to work too early, I’d say I’ve done my share of sacrifices.
So my boss calls me into the office with another manager and very casually states that I’m being terminated. Awesome, happy new year to you too sir!
I have always known the boss doesn’t like me (honestly I don’t think he likes anyone), and I wasn’t surprised to learn that I was the first of 10 people to get fired today.
I guess the company told them to lift the hiring freeze we were under and they had to thin the herd a bit.
It was so hard to not cry in front of him, but I had a feeling he would like that a little too much cuz he’s a creep that way. I didn’t give him the satisfaction. I don’t even know what to do now. I’m heartbroken and very depressed. This is really just a rant, and I’ll probably just start job hunting soon.
So much for wanting a good recomendation from them, huh?
Post # 3
@GooteyBootey: I am so sorry you’re going through this. I hope you can find a good job with a better boss soon! Also, if you were just laid off, why wouldn’t you expect to get a recommendation? There should be no problem in getting one from them..
Post # 4
In my experience if they fire you, rather than just lay you off, they’re less likely to give you a positive recomendation. Maybe they’ll be different, I just am not sure.
Post # 5
@GooteyBootey: You probably won’t get a good recommendation from your now former manager, but you can still ask former co-workers for one. When I lost my job that’s what I did and I ended up getting a really amazing one from one of my co-workers.
Have a good cry about it and then pick things up and get started again. Wish you the best!
Post # 6
@GooteyBootey: internet hugs for you! And sorry to hear about your health problems, I hope the rest of the year is awesome to make up for the crappy start!
Post # 7
I’m sorry you’re going through this. Hopefully, you’ll find something new with a better boss soon.
Post # 8
@GooteyBootey: From what I understand – managers are VERY limited in what they are allowed to tell potential futuer employers about you (in a negative way.)
They have to be very, very careful. in fact, this is so well-known that most new hiring managers won’t even bother with calling or taking old managers very seriously. There’s lots of restrictions and legalities around what an old manager is allowed to say.
Post # 9
+1. In my experience many companies are so concerned about litigation if they give a negative reference, that at most they will confirm your dates of employment and salary. I have had former managers give me great references, but if they didn’t have anything nice to say, I think they would have played it safe and not said anything beyond the indiaputable facts…ie confirming that I had worked at the company.
Post # 10
@GooteyBootey: I know it sucks. I got fired in February from a job I was at for a year and a half. I’ve never been fired before that. I’ve always had awesome reviews, etc. even at this job….three, count them THREE weeks before the firing, I had my annual review. It was excellent, and they gave me a raise AND a bonus! so yeah, what happened in three weeks? I now realize I was used as a scapegoat for something.
point being…keep your chin up. It happens to most everyone at some point. You’ll end up somewhere better and this will be just a blip in your life! I promise! Hugs!
Most likely when called for a reference they will just give facts such as hire dates, salary, etc. but don’t lie on future applications, that can bite you in the butt.
Post # 11
I’m so sorry this happened 🙁 You think employers would be more understanding of the current health issues you have. Everything happens for a reason and things will get better for you. xo
Post # 12
+1. I’m so sorry that you lost your job. I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. Best wishes for finding an even better new job!
Post # 13
@GooteyBootey: Awww, sorry to hear this. Were there any co-workers you got along with? Maybe you could use them as professional references – I’ve totally done that when I hated my boss at previous job or if the supervisor no longer worked there.
Post # 14
*hug* I know how it feels to be fired. Kudos on not crying in front of the jerk.
Ask one of your coworkers for a reference.
Post # 15
You are correct. New hirers can only ask very limited questions- like if you worked there/attendance (I think)– old emplyers are NOT allowed to slander you in anyway!!
Post # 16
Wait, were you laid off or fired? It makes a difference in terms of unemployment benefits, future applications, etc.
Either way, I’m sorry it happened to you!