Man looking discouraged

Sex, violence, and incompetence: How people lose jobs

Elizabeth Bromstein | Jul 29, 2014 6:22 pm

Everyone has career setbacks. Sometimes they’re your own fault, other times they’re not. Here are the most common and the most obvious reasons people are let go from jobs.


Category: Latest News & Advice,

More Articles

Ryan Kajiura

Profile: Making $100K without a university degree

Ozzie Saunds| Oct 14, 2011 10:05 am


Our recent article ‘The highest paying jobs – that don’t require a university degree’ struck a chord with readers. So we talk to a young professional in one of those well-compensated fields to see how it’s done.



Category: Latest News & Advice,
Surprise delivery backfires

Hidden camera – Candidate’s surprise delivery stunt backfires

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 1:07 pm


VIDEO: Why just get your foot in the door of a company when you can get your whole body in? Captured on hidden camera, a receptionist gets a big surprise when she opens a large special delivery package from George.



Category: Job Search Strategies,
Psychic predicts gloomy future for candidate's job search

Hidden camera – Psychic predicts gloomy future for candidate’s career

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:59 pm


What’s the best way to know when your dream job will become available? Captured on hidden camera, George goes to a psychic to find out when his ideal jobs will open up. You don’t need psychic powers to know how this turns out.



Category: Job Search Strategies,
Awkward candidate questions strangers in elevator

Hidden Camera: Candidate’s awkward elevator pitch

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:54 pm


VIDEO: What better way to get the inside scoop on a company than to ask the employees? George makes elevator riders wish they had taken the stairs when he asks them ridiculous questions about their company in an elevator pitch gone wrong.



Category: Job Search Strategies,
Awkward candidate George Turnbull

Candidate’s biggest job search mistakes captured on hidden camera

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:48 pm


VIDEO: After cringing through George Turnbull’s awkward video resume, we sent our hidden camera crew to follow him on his job search. Here are the results.



Category: Job Search Strategies,
George's job Interview goes wrong

Hidden camera – Job Interview goes wrong

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:39 pm


In this interview, enthusiastic candidate George applies for a position at a call centre. We captured it on hidden camera. Can he seal the deal or is his career destined to remain on hold?



Category: Job interviews, Job Search Strategies,
George Turnbull's resume rescue gone wrong

Hidden camera – Professional resume writer struggles with problem client

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:31 pm


Captured on hidden camera, a resume consultant helps job-seeker George prepare for his job search, but finds herself completely unprepared for George’s quirky charm and his resume’s lack of actual skills, experience or common sense.



Category: Job Search Strategies, Resumes,
George Turnbull - by the fire

Candidate’s awkward video resume

Workopolis| Oct 13, 2011 12:15 pm


VIDEO: A video resume can be a powerful tool for highlighting your potential to employers. But is it always the right kind of attention? Watch this candidate’s awkward video resume and see if it can land him a job.



Category: Job Search Strategies, Resumes,
Hired handshake

The top 10 reasons why candidates land the job

Colleen Clarke| Oct 12, 2011 11:05 am


Terry Szwec, consultant with ‘The Coach to Win’, has gathered the results from 16,000 documents of how people landed their jobs over the past 16 years. After sifting through the thousands of examples, he has come up with 10 reasons candidates succeed in their job search. Here they are.



Category: Job Search Strategies,