So I got fired today when I picked up my first check...
I don't know why they fired me. I got along with my coworkers. They just told me that I wasn't a "good fit for the position" and were super vague. I worked as a CNA/Direct Support Person for a group home for disabled people. I always showed an eagerness to learn, but I was just nervous about a few things so I asked people to watch me the first few times while I did certain tasks and I was clear that I wouldn't need them all the time and just needed to be watched until I was comfortable.
I received no warning that I was doing anything wrong. So I don't know... I didn't get any impression that I was having problems.
Now I doubt I'll be a good COTA and am reluctant to apply for more CNA jobs...I don't even know what I did wrong.
Sep 13, '17
This situation does sound sucky, but it says more about the company than you. Good organizations will provide feedback even if they are letting someone go. The bad part is that there are not that many truly good organizations out there. Best of luck to you in your endeavors.
Sep 15, '17
Thank you. Hopefully this next position I got will work out well for me. I also hope I passed my certification test that I took yesterday. I feel like I missed quite a few, but there's always next month and I don't need my certification until December according to the human resources representative at my new job.
Sep 16, '17
The "not a good fit for the position" could be "translated" to "lacks confidence and knowledge of position".
This is just a guess but, by you asking others to watch you do a task "to be sure" probably looked to them that you didn't know what you were doing.
Have more confidence in yourself.
It is better to try to do things on your own...especially things that you've probably already done hundreds of times, and if you STILL can't figure it out, then ask questions. New tasks are always uncomfortable. I'm not saying put yourself or a resident at risk but, chances are the new tasks are something you can figure out or if you're really struggling, ask for advice and go from there. Having to have someone watch you do a task more than once so you can be sure puts your coworker behind and makes you seem like you have no clue.
Sep 26, '17
Don't worry. I had the same issue. My first job, was in a Cardiologist and that place as Toxic as hell. I wasn't happy, but I forced myself to stay for a year to have a good resume, but I got fired/quit one day because at the end of the day, everyone left and I was by my self in my workstation and a co-worker saw me looking up a new job. That place left me with anxiety and feel super down about myself. I went to find a job, and after a week of looking, I found one. But I wasn't in the best place, because of my last job and they left me go after a week, the same way you did, super vague on why I was let go.
But after a while, and took a break from job searching, I felt better and found a better job and I'm super happy where I am.
Be confident and I'm sure you'll find the perfect place to work at!
Sep 26, '17
Thank you. I had a rough second day at my second job after an okay first day, but I am determined to be more confident and get more of my tasks done myself.
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