How to Keep (or lose) a Job

So you just got a job —  do you know how to keep it? These tips from 1969 still hit the mark in today’s world.

Our library has recently added a copy of a fun (and still very relevant) 1969 publication from the Colorado Division of Employment called “Your Job…How to Lose it!

Most employers say they want:

  • Ability
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Reliability
  • Good attendance
  • Efficiency
  • Loyalty
  • Cheerfulness
  • Helpfulness
  • Unselfishness
  • Perseverance

Cartoon showing one woman shouting at 3 co-workers

Some ways to lose your job:

  • Be late for work
  • Don’t show up
  • Don’t call in when you’re sick
  • Leave without an okay for time off
  • Tell your boss off
  • Fight with your fellow workers
  • Put your worst foot forward

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment still has good advice and tips for helping people find a job. No cartoons, but plenty of good resources. Visit their “Find a Job” page for tips on resume writing, interviewing and job searching.

Samantha Hager
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