4 Reasons You Can’t Keep a Job

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If you’re in the middle of your job search, and it seems like you just barely finished a different one, then you may be suffering from an inability to keep a job. While many people have trouble finding a job, others have difficulty keeping one. You need to take the job search seriously no matter how many times you participate in it. Start by perfecting your resume before you send it out, and once you get an interview, practice with a friend ahead of time, and then be sure to avoid common body language mistakes.

Once you get a job, be sure that you invest in your job and the company and do your best. Also, make sure to avoid mistakes that might cost you your position. You may be jeopardizing your career: If you are doing any of these things, you may find the answer to why you can’t keep a job.

1. You lied or oversold yourself

It’s definitely important to showcase your best qualities on your resume, in your cover letter, and in the interview. However, pretending to know skills that you don’t, or overselling yourself to the point where you sound like an expert instead of a novice (or wherever you fall) can be dangerous to your job stability. If your employer expects you to know things and you don’t, then you may quickly lose your job.

Lying on your resume can also be hazardous to your job security. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 58% of employers have caught a lie on a resume. Even if you make it to the actual job itself, if you lied about something significant, you probably won’t keep your job for long.

2. You don’t seem invested

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It’s definitely important to be good at your job, and to succeed at the tasks set before you. However, if you don’t care about your job, or you seem like you don’t, then your boss or company might not feel like they need to keep you around. Companies want employees who care about their work and plan to stay for a while (or look like they do). If you hand in quality assignments but you act like the job is beneath you, or the company isn’t that important to you, then your boss will eventually notice. You can also blatantly show disinterest by complaining about assignments or criticizing the company.

If you have done these things in the past, there’s still time to fix the problem. If you’re still working at your job, try to show more initiative. According to Askmen, it’s important to determine where initiative is needed; next, get your boss’s permission and start fixing the problem.

3. You’re a social media nightmare

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Do you love Facebook and Twitter? Are you using them at work, or posting about work on your profile? If you regularly do either of these things, you may be greatly shortening your time at your job. As fun as social media is, you need to save your social media time for when you are away from work. Also, even if you’re only using social media at home, but you’re posting about how much you hate your job, how your boss is a jerk, or why you hate your co-workers, then you’re still endangering your job.

Lastly, don’t post pictures that will make your boss angry, or make your company look bad. Even if you are not directly insulting the company, many companies won’t want you to represent them if you can’t have a positive social media presence (especially if you have a very customer-facing job). Also, be sure not to broadcast your job search over social media if you’re still working.

4. You run on your own time


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Some people have bosses that just don’t care how often they come to work late, or how many meetings they miss as long as they get their work done. For the rest of us, we need to show that we care about the company’s time, and we respect our work schedule. If you’re regularly late to work, or you show up late to meetings (or miss them completely), your boss is definitely going to get frustrated. Even if you are good at your job, and you really invest in your company and do your best work all the time, your behavior will catch up to you in a negative way if you regularly waste other people’s time.

These are four reasons that you might not be able to keep a job. If you are regularly falling into one or more of these categories, it’s time to change. Of course, there may be other reasons you can’t keep a job. If you don’t get along with your co-workers, or if you get lazy at your job, you also might need to make some adjustments.