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For many people, work is life. Losing their job can be traumatic, even if they can see it coming. As an employer treat each termination with extreme caution.
The key to an uneventful termination is planning. Whether laying off one person or a hundred, don’t leave anything to chance. Large layoffs tend to be more unwieldy, therefore more dangerous. They require extra planning.
Most managers deal with the unpleasant task of terminating an employee at some point. Whether or not the employee expects the termination, a small chance of violence or retaliation from the terminated employee exists.
Even employees who take in the news and accept it. May still try to sabotage the company or individual staff members. Take the same precautions with every terminated employee to avoid the unexpected.
Ensure to have all measures taken ahead before the terminations.
Protect the building, staff, yourself and intellectual property of the company etc
Below are steps you can take to mitigate violence or the unexpected.
i. The worst termination mistake is surprise. If someone is failing, confront them. If their job is on the line, tell them so. Don’t allow managers to give good ratings to poor performers. Discuss poor performance as it arises don’t wait for annual reviews. Warn problem employees that their work is unsatisfactory, and tell them what needs to be done and by when. If someone’s job is in jeopardy, tell them they could be terminated.
Don’t lay people off unexpectedly when they’ve had good performance appraisals, or when they haven’t had any warning. Doing so hits hard and creates anger.
ii. Ensure at least another person is present in the room during termination. This ensure security and someone to help diffuse any potential anger.
iii. Alert building security if there is one before hand
iv. Provide some kind of assistance to terminated employee, severance pay. You can be generous with the severance payment, training etc
v. Collect all company valuables from employee before termination
vi. Ensure employee logins and access to secure areas are all changed
vii. Announce the termination to other employees so they can be on alert if the terminated employee comes back to the building. Remind them not to share any company information with the terminated employee.
viii. Treating the person with as much kindness and dignity as possible throughout the process. That’s always important, but it’s especially key in situations where you fear violence.
ix. Ensure the staff have gone through a process of progressive discipline, where you provide clear feedback about your concerns with their performance and what you need to see change etc. This provides forewarning.Firings at high levels tend to be especially brutal, so make sure even high-level managers are measured.
So you don’t just jump into a “you’re fired”
x. Allow departing employees to save face and maintain self esteem. Don’t attack them or put them down. Explain the decision, but acknowledge their strengths and contributions.
xi. Continue medical benefits or other perks company can afford can easy off any potential anager.
xii. Listen for fallout. If you hear, “I’m going to get even,” “You’ll be sorry for this,” or similar comments, take them seriously.
xiii. Explain the severance package in writing. Nothing makes a departing employee more angry than guessing about money and benefits.
xiv. Resist the urge to return threats with threats. Instead, offer support: “That sounded like a threat Ben, you must be really angry. I’d like to hear more about it.” Disarm anger by listening and showing empathy.
xv. Do not take a break. There are numerous instances of an employee asking for a bathroom break or time to compose him or herself, and using the break to retrieve weapons.
xvi. Wait until the end of the workday to terminate, if possible. This protects the dignity of the person being fired and minimizes the number of employees on hand should a situation escalate
xvii. Minimize any reasons why the employee would have to revisit the workplace. Mail a check; have uncollected belongings sent to the person’s home via a delivery service
xviii. Allow the person as much dignity as possible, but be brief and to the point. Do not get into a back and forth
Conclusion – Employees who are fired in this manner are far less likely to feel they were treated unfairly. They’re far less likely to leave angry or bitter, and you’re far less likely to be a target of any hostility.
These basic humanistic steps can greatly reduce the risk of termination violence. Take the threat of violence seriously, even if you’re an experienced pro. Plan carefully so nothing is left to chance. Treat people fairly, and most of the time they’ll react accordingly. If and when they do get angry or upset, you’ll be well prepared.
1. Letter of recommendation. Attach a recommendation to your cover letter from a previous professor, colleague or manager. Do this in order to demonstrate people you have worked with, have confidence in you as a person and your ability.
2. Review your resume. Have a friend or a recruiter look over your resume and give you the feedback that you need. You want someone who is going to give you constructive criticism, and not sugar coat it.
3. Ask questions. The last thing that you want to do is be silent at the end of the interview. Show your enthusiasm, and come prepared.
4. Be ethical. You should always act the way that you think that you should act. This means, going about your job search in a positive and professional manner. You should want to hire yourself, and if you don’t believe that then no one else will either.
5. Identify Your Marketable Skills
Capitalize on the skills you have that the employers may want such as reliability, being responsible, good time management, honesty and dependability. These skills are an added advantage over academic qualification.
6. Seek The Job That Matches Your Skills
Compare the skills you have with the skills needed for the job. Seek that job that perfectly matches your skills and experience. This way, you will easily get the job.
7. Dress Professionally
When seeking for a job, you should dress professionally. Personal grooming is the first center of attraction to the employees or an interview panel. When you are neatly dressed you will have a better chance of securing the job.
8. Avoid Any Form Of Distraction During The Interview
During job interviews, your cell phone should be off because it is considered rude and inappropriate when you answer a call in the middle of an interview. Also all other causes of distraction should not be brought to the interview room including iPods, gums, cigarettes etc.
9. Carry Your Documents With You
When going to a job interview, make sure you have all your data with you including your certificates, email addresses, postal addresses, previous employer details, employment history, license etc. These details might be crucial to the interview and so you should not risk leaving any data behind.
10. Arrive In Time For Interviews
Arriving on the interview early says a lot about your ability to keep time and to work on a schedule. If you keep the panel waiting for you to arrive, they might question your seriousness about the job. If you are late for an interview you should have a concrete explanation as to why.
11. Maintain Eye Contact
You should not shy off when addressing your potential employer or the interview panel. Maintaining eye contact shows your boldness and ability to lead. Also if you avoid eye contact the panel can assume that you are lying to them or you are too naïve.
12. Be In The Know
You should be well informed of the place to look for a job. You can search from the web for job positions matching your skills. You can also ask friends about job vacancies maybe in their firms or companies. When you are well informed, you will save the energy of seeking employment in firms that have no vacancies. You should also be well informed of the employment patterns of the company or firm you are seeking to work for.
13. Show Enthusiasm: Show this during the interview because only the top 10 – 20% of candidates do. Make sure the interviewer knows you are excited to be there, and are pleased to discuss your background, your skills and abilities, and how you can help the company succeed with your skill set.
14. Active Listening: Paying attention and being present in a conversation, an interview or a meeting will show that you are interested and engaged. Everyone wins when you take the time to put down your electronic devices and just listen.
16. Update your resume: This is the first and foremost task that you will need to take care of. Your recent achievements, projects done and your work experiences are to be updated in your resume. Try to edit your resume and modify right words to increase your chances for being selected through the applicant tracking system.
17. Register in websites: As internet is the first option where job searches are initiated, its best to get yourself registered in job portals that suits your qualifications. By registering with complete details, you could be contacted from prospective clients.
18. Search online: Most of the jobs now a days are posted through papers and online as well. Many companies post their openings in their websites itself. Applying through these sites will help to get closer to the job. But pay attention to the deadline dates and other specific instructions.
19. Employment services: Registering at employment services will help you to land a job quickly. The amount may not be high but affordable. Try to contact or connect with employment provider and seek their help as well. These job provider services usually connect you with clients based on your experience and skill set. The chances for being called for interview would be high.
20. Use networking: It is noted that many positions are filled by word of mouth or through personal networking. Approaching companies having vacancies using your friend networks does not harm. Don’t show hesitation in enquiring or requesting for help from people who you are associated in your life. You may never know that you could be landing yourself in a perfect job. Professional networks are the main source. Networking is about creating mutually beneficially relationships.
21.Review your references: It is very important to have your reference letter from previous employers. Your best qualities would be highlighted and it will help to gain a job somewhere else. Most of the time references remarks are very critical as it describes your nature.
22. Keep your records: Once the resume, cover letter are ready arrange your records that is your certificates, experiences, workshop details etc. in a file. It will be handy as you would be going to attend interview calls or even apply. Organise your file and also details of your applications.
23. Pay attention to the feedback others give you.
Whether it’s advice you receive from a colleague or getting turned down by an employer, use this feedback as a way to improve your image as a professional. Positive and negative feedback is critical to professional development and will make you a better individual. Especially when searching for jobs, receiving feedback on your job search tactics, resume, or cover letter can help you get ahead in your job search, too.
24. To Get a Job: Change Your Mindset
. Both young and old, experienced and inexperienced, educated and uneducated will be competing for the same openings. Attitude will make all the difference. You must be prepared to exercise perseverance and creativity to get the experience you need to land the job you want.
25. To Get a Job: Do an Unpaid Internship
You can even consider including this in your application letter. Most hiring managers will look very favourably on this act of tenacity and give your application a second look. It will show that you are serious about getting the job that you value experience over just being paid, and it will give the employer an opportunity for a “free trial run”. Everyone likes getting something for nothing.
27. Make sure the resume matches the job description. Not necessarily word-for-word, but make it easy for the hiring manager to take a job description and pick up your resume and see that you are a good match. If a job description says that you are looking for 1+ years of customer service experience, then make sure to put that on the resume if it applies to you: “Over 2 years of customer service experience.” The job descriptions will give you clues as to what are the company’s top priorities when looking for candidates.
28.Take a Second and Third Look at your Social Media Presence
Before taking the leap into searching for a job as a fully-realized adult, take some time to clean up your social media accounts. A picture with you and a glass of wine at a wedding reception if fine, a picture of you with a beer in hand at ball game is also fine, but those pictures of that lost weekend in “” “””might be a little over the top.
Then, when you are finished cleaning up your accounts, start working on creating a polished and professional presence. If you aren’t already on LinkedIn, that is a great place to start.
29. Lack of a smile
30. Bad posture and too much fidgeting
Playing with hair, touching face, and crossing arms over chest
Too many hand gestures.
31. FIRST IMPRESSION
You should also know that first impressions are quickly made. In the survey, 33% of bosses said they know within the first 90 seconds whether or not they will hire an applicant. Most interviews are forty minutes long, but the first minute and a half is the most important time period
32. Trying to be too many things, trying to know everything. Jack of all trade and master of none.
33. Expect follow up questions to your answers, be prepared.
34. Likely question – Why do you want to work for us?
35. Why did you leave your last job?
Bonus – Likely question – Tell me about yourself, be fully prepared.
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