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What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from being fired

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1. Never get too comfortable. 2. At the end of the day, we’re all just a number. 3. Prioritize your loyalties. Work hard, but remember that your real life, health, happiness and family are more important than breaking your neck to help large corporations make even more money. Jobs can come and go. 4. Learn to read the signs that layoffs might be coming. 5. Don’t live above your means. 6. Keep your mind on your money. Money on your mind. Be prepared (save) for a rainy day. 7. Keep up with your network in good times and bad. 8. Keep your skills up to date. Adapt. Never become irrelevant. 9. Keep your portfolio up to date. Always be ready to market yourself. 10. Don’t burn a bridge. It may seem like the thing to do in the moment, but you never know who you’ll be working with/for in the future. 11. Worth a second mention - Never get too comfortable.

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I'm sorry you've been fired in the past, CD2, and I understand that for your individual situation that may (or may not) be true. I was just speaking in general terms. I know nothing about why your CEO didn't like you, that's a highly subjective statement of which i know nothing and I'm not taking any sides, but it does speak to a larger point of fit and ability to build and/or maintain work relationships or manage up/down, etc etc any number of things or combo of things that make an important contribution to one's professional success beyond one's work product. Layoffs are 99% about losing business and cutting costs and even if you had outstanding work or relationships with your boss, it won't help you keep your job in the vast majority of cases hence why it's less personal or less of a teaching moment other than be prepared for it to happen at least once in your career

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Always reach out to your fired colleagues Offer help and follow through. Ex colleagues ghosting the one fired is trashy behavior.

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It doesn’t matter what you’ve done to build an agency, secure accounts, prop up co-workers, cover for weaker partners — you’re expendable. The more you make, the less reason they need to let you go. Not vise versa

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It's one of the greatest feelings in the world to not have to care anymore about the things that were causing so much stress and friction.

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Being fired can be the best thing in the world. I used to work 65-70 hours in a week every week and go home crying regularly. Found a job that actually appreciates me and I never work over 35 🙂, plus I’m paid double now!

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To never get fired. That being employed is always better. That I did not need to be fired to understand this.

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Be nice to everyone. Even the idiots and there are tons of them. Just be nice, be calm

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That who I am as a person and my value was not defined by my job. I woke up the next day with the same arms and legs, friends, and experiences. That saving for a rainy day is so utterly fucking important and way to easy to not do. And that because of the standard I hold my work to, I had a lot of people open up opportunities for me once I let them know I was open to them. And, finally, that not being an asshole and doing good work can get you reasonably far in this world. Overall, I learned many more positive things than negative ones. I also recognize that makes me very lucky

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Do not work for assholes. And always ask why the last person in your role left.

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Trust your instincts.

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Before you commit to an agency (or new city) visit both. You can’t judge chemistry over the phone or in Skype interviews.

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Recognize that sometimes you're not being let go - you're being set free. (Having a war chest saved up helps with this perspective)

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I should have quit when I stopped caring, instead of letting that impact the work I did—resulting in being fired.

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Work friends are not your real friends. Don’t get it twisted

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Male egos are incredibly fragile (especially creatives)

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Read the tells

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Trust no one.

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Don't take it personally. Believe in yourself, learn from it, and move on.

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Always backup your work and keep you book current

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That everyone gets fired sometime .

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Chances I could tell my client to fuck himself without getting fired? Would only do it verbally, not via email.

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That awkward moment when you meet a girl at the bar who says she's about to start at ATK and your friend just got laid off there after only 7 months...

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Aight fam. Spent last year on the PIP, almost got fired mid year, but worked on firm initiatives like a machine through the year, and killed it on client projects. Finally out of the PIP. Fuck yeah!!!

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I’ve joined the league of Covid layoffs. I was in an Art Director role with an experiential agency. I’d love to move into a more strategy focused role next — any advice on how best to pivot?

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Heard layoffs rolling at SapientRazorfish. How you all doing over there??

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My brother is a mechanic with 10+ years experience but was laid off due to COVID. He's having a hard time even finding jobs to apply for and asked me for advice. I don't even know what someone can do without a degree. He has valuable hard skills but I just don't think there's a demand in NYC right now. Should I advise him to go to school? He'd have to fully finance his degree and I'm just not sure if it's worth it for him to start over at the bottom, or what industry he'd even fit in...

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Here’s a weird one: Alfonso Marian was quietly fired from Ogilvy, CCO . Nothing was said in an email or a pr statement. He was a collossal disaster and a jerk. Good riddance. No Lions, no job!

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Do all non US citizens will be fired tomorrow? Per Trump’s tweet? Revoking H1b And Green Card?

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The more pedestrian your intellect, the better fit you are at D Heard of a colleague with an FRM charter being laid off today. Overall excellent person. And you won't believe who they promote year after year.. the character, curiosity and quality of the lifers Don't join this firm if you for a love of learning and to be inspired. Join if you are a middling who wants a good brand to hack ahead in life and rise above your station

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Tom Goodwin getting fired made my day.

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One of the primary aims of the criminal justice reform movement is to help ex-convicts re-enter the workforce by sealing criminal records, and making it more difficult for employers to judge applicants based on criminal history. The idea is that people are redeemable and capable of reform. Yet the same movement thoroughly enjoys getting people fired and publicly shaming them for making arguments they find “offensive”. A rapist is capable of reform, but not someone who makes a dumb tweet. Got it.

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Layoffs are happening in Accenture. Some people were informed today.

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Quarantine diaries: 1st week - phew. Glad they’re letting us WFH 2nd - work is dwindling why why 3rd - I’m gonna be fired 4th - I’m DEFINITELY gonna be fired 5th - Dead Inside What’s yours? I can’t

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Did havas just have layoffs?

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I wanted to be supportive CHAZ/CHOP here in Seattle but I can’t be anymore. This is no longer a BLM movement protest (which I fully support & protest with) but instead is true anarchy. 1 dead & 1 injured (critical condition) this weekend and tonight over 24 shots fired already tonight in the area. When I first went down to this area last week I felt safe, today I went down there & was scared out of my mind. Seattle get your sh*t together.

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Is anyone else feeling very uneasy about this rise in cancel culture? I think it’s a byproduct of my anxiety because I don’t have really controversial opinions or post polarizing things, but I lay awake at night wondering if someone will stumble upon a photo of my Halloween costume from middle school that was incidentally culturally appropriative and I’ll get fired. Seems like there are no second chances these days if someone feels offended.

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I don’t feel bad at all for people getting fired for making reckless remarks on their social media platforms about BLM. You have a choice to get on the right side of history, make sure you choose wisely.

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I messed up. Told my roommate I would contribute to pay for a small couch since she sold the one she brought to our apartment with her for $ (got laid off). I am 21 and on a crazy strict budget. She is showing me $500-800 couches, while I was thinking of Facebook marketplace couches. If I could, I would give her the $ in the blink of an eye, but I literally CAN’T 😭 How do I tell her this after I already said I would? I know, I messed up here - salvageable?

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So was Gina Carano fired for being conservative?

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