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Seven signs you may be about to get fired

PHOENIX -- It's Friday, which means the weekend is almost here -- but are you worried that it could be your last Friday on the job? says there are seven signs that could mean a pink slip is coming your way.

"The single biggest sign has to do with the relationship with your boss," said employment expert Jack Milligan of Leathers, Milligan and Associates in Phoenix. "If the trajectory and the tenor of your relationship with your boss has changed, look out."

If your boss is avoiding you, that's not a good sign.

Another hint that it might be time to start looking for a new job might be an announcement that your company is merging with another.

"That's almost always a euphemism for 'We're going to take cost out of the combined organization,'" Milligan said. "Since, inevitably, the single biggest cost factor is people, they're going to reduce the cost of people by reducing people."

Other signs include:

• If you've recently been disciplined;

• Some of your responsibilities have been reassigned to someone else;

• If your company is going automated;

• The boss says "no" to you going to a professional development luncheon.

Also, if your company asks you to create a job description for your position, that's a good sign they're giving it to someone else.

Milligan said worried employees may be able to get back into their boss' good graces and keep their job by asking for more duties.

"Volunteer for everything," he said. "Make sure that the organization looks to you as a 'can do' person."

Otherwise, you may hear those dreaded two words: "You're fired!"

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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