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Cynthia Okonkwo
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INTRODUCTION: Hello workplace warriors! Welcome to another video. I’m on a mission to help you live your best career life, one video at a time. So, if you’re stopping by for the first time, I invite you to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell so that you’ll among the first to know when I drop new videos. Also, please make sure to like this video to let YouTube know that you’d like to get more awesome job search and workplace tips, information, and advice that you can use. Finally, be sure to share my videos with others who want to live their best career life.

Today, let’s dive into the world of career cautionary tales and explore the top ten reasons why employees find themselves unexpectedly off their employer’s payroll. From innocent blunders to epic mishaps, these are the stories you will definitely want to avoid. So, grab your coffee and let’s uncover why some folks end up saying, “I got fired for what?!”

TOP 10 TERMINATION TALES: Picture this: you’re happily working away, thinking you’ve got job security nailed down, when suddenly—bam!—you’re called into HR and handed the dreaded pink slip. What happened? How did it come to this? Well, fear not, because we’re about to unravel the mystery of employee termination with a blend of insight and light humor. So, without further ado, here are the top ten reasons employees get booted.

  1. Attendance Amnesia

This is the classic case of the disappearing act. From perpetual tardiness to mysterious absences, failing to show up reliably is a surefire way to land on your manager’s and HR’s radar. Remember, while you might have mastered the art of stealth mode, your boss will still notice when you’re only around “in spirit” for Monday morning meetings.

  1. Social Media Mayhem

In today’s digital age, what you post online can come back to haunt you faster than you can say, “Delete.” One too many questionable tweets or inappropriate Facebook rants can lead to a one-way ticket out the door. So, here’s some wise counsel – If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see it, don’t post it!

  1. Office Politics Gone Wrong

Navigating office politics is like tiptoeing through a minefield. While it’s tempting to engage in gossip or backstabbing, remember that walls have ears (and those ears might report what you said to your boss). Keep your alliances friendly and your conversations drama-free by avoiding the workplace grapevine communication channel.

  1. Quality Quagmire

Your work should speak for itself—but what if it’s saying the wrong things? Consistently sloppy output or failing to meet standards can turn your dream job into a nightmare. So, double-check your work, ask for feedback, support, and strive for excellence.

  1. Ethics and Integrity Slip-ups

Integrity isn’t just a buzzword—it’s the cornerstone of professionalism. Whether you’re fudging numbers, cutting corners, or engaging in shady practices, your ethical lapses can torpedo your career faster than you can plan a “cover-up.”

  1. Communication Catastrophes

Ever sent an email to the wrong recipient? Or accidentally hit “reply all” on a scathing critique? Yes, it has happened to me. Communication blunders can be cringe-worthy and, in some cases, career-altering. So, my advice to you is to always pause, proofread your message, read it out loud, then think twice before you hit send.

  1. Attitude Overhaul Needed

It’s true: attitude is everything. A consistently negative or toxic demeanor can poison team dynamics and put you on the fast track to unemployment. Stay positive, be a team player, and leave the grumpy cat impressions to the internet memes.

  1. Policy Perils

Remember that rules exist for a reason, and breaking company policies can lead to serious consequences. Violating confidentiality agreements, abusing company resources, or playing fast and loose with the rulebook rarely ends well.

  1. Culture Clashes

You know that every workplace has its vibe, and fitting into the company culture is key to employee success. If you’re the lone wolf in a sea of team players (or vice versa), clashes can arise. Embrace the company ethos, adapt where needed, and avoid becoming the odd one out.

  1. Downright Dismissal

You guessed it. The most straightforward path to unemployment is getting fired for simply not cutting it. Lacking skills, poor performance, or being a bad fit can hinder your ability to shine. So, whether you or your employer comes to the realization, sometimes the best career move is to get s fresh start in a new role.

IN CONCLUSION: As we wrap up our time analyzing terminated tales, remember that while these stories might make you chuckle a bit, they also offer valuable lessons. Success in the workplace isn’t just about skills—it’s about attitude, integrity, and adaptability. So, keep your head up, your coffee strong, and your sense of humor intact. Avoid these common pitfalls by learning from others’ mistakes. Stay focused on your journey to a thriving career.

And there you have it, folks—the top ten most common reasons employees get fired, served up with a side of humor and a dash of caution. Now go forth, work wisely, and may your next HR meeting be for a promotion, not a pink slip!

Remember to like, share and subscribe to the join the community! Until next time…Career Success to You!

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Alexander Montoya
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10 days ago

5 Tips to Pass a DOT Physical

Since I took a DOT physical for my new fuel tanker position today, I thought I’d share some information that will help you pass a DOT physical. 👨‍⚕️

  1. Eat healthy at least 1 month before your physical. ✅

  2. Engage in physical activities like exercising. ✅

  3. Know your numbers like your blood pressure. ✅

  4. Know your health history. ✅

  5. Don’t drink or eat sugary foods before your physical. ✅

Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/i2WbATi9xGw?si=bM1VRpl1Iy_ccwJq

#advice #trucker #career #physical

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Alexander Montoya
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13 days ago

How to get a CDL

Here’s my monthly post on how to get a “Commercial Driver’s License”. 🪪 These are the exact steps I took to get my CDL. If you follow these instructions, you’ll avoid any delays and will be on the road to a 6 figure career. 💰

The first thing you need to do is study for the CDL. Download the DMV study guide from their website. I also recommend downloading the CDL prep app. It’s free and has the same questions as the DMV test. When you are ready to take the air brake and knowledge test, make a DMV appointment. Before your appointment you’ll need a DOT physical from an urgent care. Not all urgent cares offer DOT physicals, so call and find out which one does. They are generally $100 for a medical certificate. When your DMV appointment arrives, take your birth certificate, ID, medical certificate, and two utility bills that prove you live at your residence. ✅

After passing your test you’ll receive a Class A permit and you can either pay $3,000 to enroll in trucking school which is 27 courses 1 hour each course, or you can apply for a trucking company that will provide paid training. Takes around 2-4 months to get your CDL from start to finish depending on the pace you set for yourself. Any other questions feel free to ask. ✅

#advice #career #trucking #jobsearch #motivation

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Alexander Montoya
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17 days ago

Average Day Delivering Fuel

Since I just recently landed a fuel delivery position, I thought I’d YouTube a bunch of videos of drivers delivering fuel. ⛽️

Educating myself before I start training will give me an advantage. I always do this before I start day 1 and I highly recommend anyone starting a new job to do this. You’ll impress your trainer and management on how easily you pick up on the job duties. 🚛

Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/fiSwOX4Pn1g?si=DBhS9_8w0G9bvM8Q

#motivation #newjob #career #trucker #advice #jobcase

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Alexander Montoya
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21 days ago

Superior Tank Lines

I’m excited to announce I just accepted a job offer with Superior Tank Lines which is the 2nd highest paying fuel carrier in the nation! 🚛⛽️

I took a road test on 3/27 and met all the requirements to haul fuel. This is a huge transition from working the Los Angeles Ports. 🚢

Superior Tank Lines pays $130k annually, pays 100% medical, PTO starts day 1, and EOS which out performs 401k. 💰

I’ve been wanting to haul fuel for this particular carrier for the past 2 years and I’m finally in. I’ll be resigning from my union carrier Maersk next week once they give me a start date. My favorite part is that my commute is only 30 minutes round trip. ✅

I’m excited to start my new journey. This is the 6th carrier I’ve worked for in the past 2 1/2 years. Having a Class A CDL has a career advantage because there are more jobs than there are drivers. As you can see job hopping isn’t a problem in the trucking industry. This will be the last carrier I work for until I go full-time Real Estate Investing. Don’t stop pursuing your goals and keep grinding it out until you reach financial freedom! 💯

Keep on trucking! 🚛⛽️

#motivation #career #trucking #newjob #jobcase #goals

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Alexander Montoya
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26 days ago

Ryder Warehouse Opportunities

Here’s a quick YouTube video of the Logistics Manager from Ryder providing some contact information for career opportunities at Ryder. 🦺

Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/HND-dsvWpcY?si=6T0v2gdbMrCv_hgI

#hiringnews #interview #application #career #warehouse #motivation

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Alexander Montoya
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about 1 month ago

Top 5 Highest Paying Tanker Carriers

I just applied to Superior Tanklines in Los Angeles which is number 2 on the list so I thought this would be a fun post. The author of this post says they pay $106K annually, but it’s actually $130K annually. They also have amazing benefits that include the company paying 100% of medical insurance and PTO starting on day 1. Their application process was very lengthy and you can tell they just don’t hire anyone. ⛽️

  1. CBSL in Chicago ✅

  2. Superior Tanklines in Los Angeles ✅

  3. Flyers Energy in California ✅

  4. Groendyke in Oklahoma ✅

  5. Valenzia in Pennsylvania ✅

Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/08hfqnqYczw?si=gGj_dfyVPlfJx2KE

#jobsearch #career #truckdriver

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Cynthia Okonkwo
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about 1 month ago

https://studio.youtube.com/video/pDvHvzM_sUQ/edit

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Title: Don’t Get Fired! Thrive in Your Probationary Period

Greetings everyone! Welcome to my channel. Thanks for joining me for another video. You know that I’m on a mission to help you live your best career life and I’m doing so one video at a time. So, if you like the information that I bring to you, click the “thumbs-up” to let YouTube know that you want more information like this to come your way. Also, please share my videos with others who want to level up their career life. Finally, I would love for you to subscribe so that you get notified each time I release a new video.

Introduction:

Probationary, Provisional, Introductory, Orientation, Training, Initiation period, etc. They all refer to the first months to 1 year trial period after you start your new job. It's that crucial phase that determines your future with the company. It’s because you and your new employer use that time to decide if the two of you are a good fit for each other. While probationary periods vary in length of time and specific requirements, the goal remains the same for you, the employee: to secure your position and transition into a permanent role. If there’s such a thing these days.

We all know that starting a new job can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience all at once. A while back, I did a video on three reasons why employees get fired during their probationary period. So, this video is a follow-up of sorts to that one, but I’m turning the tables today and sharing some proactive steps that you can take to increase your chances of achieving a successful probationary period with your employer.

Understand Your New Employer’s Probationary Period Strategy and Develop Your Own:

Most people still consider the probationary period as the initial months of the employer:employee relationship when employers evaluate new employees. The reality is that it is also the time for employees to evaluate their new employer. So below, I am sharing with you the ways that your new employer will assess your fit for the company. I am also sharing with you the corresponding strategy that you, as the new employee, should implement to successfully navigate the probationary period.

  1. Know that the first starting point of your new employer’s strategy is to assess if you have the necessary skills, knowledge, and cultural fit to be successful as an employee of the organization.

So, as the “new kid on the block,” you should ask your manager for a copy of your job description on your first day of work. Also, ask your manager how they define success on the job.

Take advantage of professional development opportunities offered by the company. Whether it's attending training sessions, workshops, or industry conferences, investing in your professional development demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and growth. Even if your company’s budget is limited, take advantage of free and low-cost online personal and professional development opportunities through sites like Udemy, Teachable, Coursera, and others.

Exercise resilience, especially in the face of challenges or setbacks. Demonstrating resilience in overcoming obstacles showcases your ability to adapt and thrive in the face of a changing work environment.

Maintain a positive attitude and do not participate in workplace gossip. Your ability to maintain a high level of professionalism in your conduct, interactions, and work ethic will reflect positively on your character and commitment to the role.

Do your best to complete your assignments as requested and in a timely manner. If you can’t meet a deadline, ask your manager for a deadline extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you are not sure how to complete an assignment. Also, ask for a copy of your company’s employee handbook and read it from front to back to familiarize yourself with the company’s policies. Finally ask for a copy of the standard operating procedures for your position and department and follow them 100% when doing your work.

If you are ever unsure about a task, policy, or expectation, seek clarification from your manager or an authorized co-worker for guidance or clarification. It's better to ask questions and seek clarity than to make assumptions that could lead to mistakes or a misunderstanding that could jeopardize your employment.

  1. During the probationary period, your employer will expect you to demonstrate your job-related abilities and meet performance expectations outlined in their job descriptions.

This is why it is so important for you to ask for a copy of your job description. It will contain the exact duties that you will be expected to perform. It is also crucial that you know how your manager will determine your success on the job. So, ask him/her how they determine on-the-job success.

During your probationary period, read your job description as a part of your getting ready for work each day during your probationary period. Think about your performance on the last day that you worked and honestly think how good of a job you did. Identify areas where you may need to improve. Think of ways that you can do a better job and implement those improvements into your work performance the next time you work. Also be ready and willing to take on additional responsibilities when appropriate. This will help you to get better at your job faster.

Your initiative and proactive approach to your work will shine through and be noticed by your superiors. Showing initiative highlights your enthusiasm and commitment to contributing to the organization's success.

Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in response to changing circumstances or feedback and remain open to mentorship and feedback. You can learn a lot from those who have been doing the job longer. You can also learn from younger or less-experienced workers who might have free ideas about better ways to get the work done. So, also be open to learning new skills, adjusting your approach, and embracing changes within the organization.

If you ever feel that you need additional tools and resources to perform your job well, let your manager know.

  1. The probationary period allows both parties to adjust to the working relationship.

Familiarize yourself with company policies, procedures, and expectations.

Keep the lines of communication open between you and your manager. Let him/her know that you want to do a great job. Ask him/her for feedback on ways that you can do your job better. Use their feedback to think of any changes that you need to make in the way you work to meet performance expectations.

A little after the half-way mark into your probationary period, ask your manager for a copy of the performance evaluation document that they will use to rate your performance when your probationary period ends. Then do a self evaluation of your performance. Make sure to include ratings for all of your key duties. Also rate yourself on how well you follow directions, communicate, exhibit leadership qualities, interact with co-workers, and produce high-quality work. Share your completed self evaluation with your manager and ask them if your self evaluation matches their rating of your performance. And, ask if the two of you can meet to discuss where there are differences.

  1. Your employer knows the labor laws in your area and they will apply them when necessary. In some jurisdictions, labor laws may provide protections for both employers and employees during the probationary period.

Know your state’s or local area’s labor laws. Research if your state is governed by “at-will'' employment laws. Or, if your industry is unionized. Remember also to research workers compensation laws in your job market. It is very unfortunate, but employee’s often do not know the details of their rights and responsibilities in their state. Often, it is only when/if an incident occurs that they then do their research. Unfortunately, it may be too little, too late.

I can all but guarantee you that you will be the first new employee to have followed this strategy. You will gain even more of your manager’s respect and their confidence in your abilities. They will also be so impressed that they will likely be speechless.

IN CONCLUSION:

Navigating the probationary period requires a proactive approach and a focus on demonstrating value to the organization. So, increase your chances of success, by avoiding the common pitfalls such as reporting to work late, excessive absenteeism, inappropriate workplace behavior:

Keep track of your achievements, milestones, and contributions during your probationary period and beyond. Documenting your successes provides tangible evidence of your value to the organization and can support your case for permanent employment.

Thank you once again for joining me on my mission to help you live your best career life. Remember to like, share and subscribe and I look forward to seeing you for the next video. If you want to see the video on why employees get fired during their probationary period, I’ve linked it right here.

Also, if you need a little motivation and positive self-talk, be sure to visit my online store. It’s linked in the description below.

Until next time… Career Success to You!

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Alexander Montoya
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about 1 month ago

8 Essential Safe Driving Tips

  1. Pre & Post Trip Inspections. ✅

  2. Be Wary of Slips, Trips, & Falls. ✅

  3. Take Time to Plan Your Trip. ✅

  4. Wear Your Seat Belt. ✅

  5. Keep a Safe Following Distance. ✅

  6. Stay Alert to Your Surroundings. ✅

  7. Be Predictable & Take it Slow When Driving at Night. ✅

  8. Get Out & Look When Backing Up. ✅

Any questions, comments or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/irPhxaDAFcw?si=2rKzhyhEP5hX3z3c

#aboutmyjob #advice #career #truckdriver

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Alexander Montoya
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about 1 month ago

Local Trucker Driver vs. OTR Drivers

Here’s a fun YouTube video comparing Local Truck Driver’s vs. Over The Road Driver’s. As a local truck driver myself, some benefits I experience are consistent schedules, home every night, hourly wages with Overtime, healthy lifestyle, weekends off, no touch freight, and familiarity with my routes. 🚛

The only benefit I see coming from driving Over The Road is a higher salary that comes with a price. Although OTR driver’s get to travel and see different locations, it’s still work and they can only enjoy brief moments of a new city and state. ❌

This is just my opinion and some drivers actually enjoy driving OTR. Some new driver’s are actually subjected to driving OTR to gain experience. I was fortunate to not have to endure that and went directly to the Long Beach ports. 🚢

Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to drop a comment. ⤵️

https://youtu.be/TfoPsJfwKMU?si=inJ4gXoql_mm2Ixi

#jobsearch #advice #hiringnews #truckdriver #career

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