Ok, I lied. I have found myself gravitating towards google to search for things like “signs you are going to be fired”. This job is not a good fit for me, but that doesn’t matter. What I am most worried about is, if I were to be fired, what do I tell potential future employers?
Everything I have read says not to blurt out the word “fired” in an interview. In an instance like this, one (though if I were to be fired it wouldn’t be for the reason for the final warning), I would have to spin it somehow. I mean, I guess I would possibly say something like, “the job was a bad fit for me. my manager and i decided it was best that we part ways.” - I guess…not sure on that one.
I wonder if at some level my subconscious is trying to destroy my software development career and make myself unemployable in this field. Granted, it would carry over to any field no matter what.
Maybe that’s why I was being desperate and looking into lower paying jobs like skilled labor.
I have a bunch of applications in, and am in the process of interviewing for one job. I’m not sure I’m going to get it, but I’m at least giving it my best shot.
I have friends in the industry and good references from this job and my last job.
I just hope that if I were to be fired that it doesn’t spell the end of my career.
I did read that Microsoft doesn’t really care if you’ve been fired once - they tend to gauge how you talk about it. If you come off anxious or something, then they think you might be hiding something. You have to come off confident and show that you learned from your past transgressions.
There’s a major university in my state that doesn’t seem to have a problem with hiring someone that was terminated from a job (source : I worked with a guy that was fired at a previous job and got a job at that university within 6 months).
So, yeah - I think it’s possible, and I’m not exactly sure it’s all that hard just as long as I can come to terms with it and put my best face forward. I shouldn’t let being fired define me.
I’m employed right now, and for all I know, I could have that job for as long as I like. I’m being very nice to everyone and am putting my best face forward. I’m going with the flow and acting professional just like I know I should have all along.
One thing that might save me is the fact that they have so much work and are looking to hire a lot of people with no luck. I am the next-to-the-most senior in the group (of 3) and my only hiccup was that email.
My manager does not reply to my emails, though. That’s kind of disconcerting and a sign that a company might be gearing up to fire you - or it could simply mean he’s still miffed and doesn’t want to talk to me.
I figured that if they were going to let me go it would have been yesterday - one of my family members said that if they wanted to let me go they would have done it in that meeting. So, I think I’m okay just as long as I do what I’ve been doing (that is, acting professional and going with the flow - being nice to everyone and getting my job done, etc, etc).
Looking back on all this now, with fresh perspective, I really feel like a dummy. This was supposed to be a job I would have as long as I wanted it. Now I’ve managed to turn it into one in which I have no job security in. I believe it is all my fault. I showed very poor judgement that day and have learned from it, for sure.
In the meantime, I am trying to teach myself Java, Spring, and Hibernate. Most of the jobs in my state are Java jobs. Going from .Net to Java shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I’m just trying to be a good provider for my family.
Whew, okay - lengthy, ranty, post over.