News 11 Report: Top 5 Signs You're About to get Fired

We give you a lot of information about how to do well on your job, or find a new one. But what if you're not doing so well?

What are some of the signs you're about to be fired?

News 11's Brad Harvey joins us with more on what to look for.

This is the last thing you want to think about, especially with the economy the way it is. Seeing the warning signs that you may be about to get the ax will at least give you some time to react.

If you look around the workplace and notice everyone else seems to know what's going on, except you, it's an ominous sign. It's the classic "freeze out" and one of the top five signs you may not be there long. Valued employees are always in on the latest developments, and usually factor into them in some way.

Maybe you're miscast in your current role. Maybe you just don't like what you're doing. It's not uncommon for people to take a pause in mid-career and start over.

Beth Nicholson, UT career consultant, tells News 11, "Most people make three to eight career changes in their working lifetime. So it's not unusual. It's more unusual to stay in the same job from the time you graduate to the time you retire."

Here's another sign things just aren't right: They ask you to take a vacation. It says you're really not that valuable and they just don't want you around.

Here's a question: What do bosses cultivate more closely than ability or education? It's attitude. If yours stinks, you're only hurting yourself.

So if you find your boss criticizing that attitude, it may be another sign you're not long for that job.

How good at your job are you really? Do you make a lot of mistakes? Employers may be willing to suffer the occasional minor error here or there. But another sign you may be about to get the ax is that you've made a major mistake. If you've done something to embarrass or shame the company, you're probably not going to be there long.

Finally, if you look around your workplace, and it seems your coworkers are getting younger and younger... maybe they are. It could simply mean a major youth movement in the company. There's not much you can do about that one. Though the loss of a job, as tragic and traumatic as it is, could be an opportunity.

Nicholson says, "If you look at it this way... people evolve. You know that you're evolving. People evolve throughout their life, so why not evolve in what they want to do? Why not change that? Why not have that new passion?"

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