The Top 8 Career Killers

September 29, 2010  |  

Despite the lingering effects of the Great Recession, there still remains viable opportunities to find a job and to embark upon a lifelong career that can potentially bring relative satisfaction and help provide for your family. Conversely, there are a lot of opportunities in this languishing economy to make significant blunders that can cost you your job. Below are eight commonplace career “killers” that can place one in the growing number of unemployed individuals around the country.

1. Substance abuse. According to the United States Department of Labor, “The vast majority of drug users- more than three quarters- are employed, and when they arrive at work, they don’t leave their problems at home.” Alcohol and drug abuse, especially when proven via random drug tests, remain as one of the top career killers. Most places of employment do have substance abuse counseling, but the affected employee is expected to improve over a relatively short period of time. If this improvement does not occur, the employee can certainly expect to receive the proverbial boot.

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