Careers: The six mistakes that could get you fired

So you wrote a winning CV, impressed in the interview and got the job. Well done you.

But now the hard work really starts if you want to hold onto your position past the three-month probation period, which is now the norm for most new recruits. We take a look at some common career blunders that could cost you your job.
Poor timekeeping
Frequently arriving late to work or meetings will ring instant alarm bells for your boss and make them question their decision to hire you.

Even if everybody else in your department wanders in at 10am, make a special effort to arrive in at your contractual start time because somebody will be watching and noting your behaviour.

Not being a team player
You don't have to be besties with your colleagues but you do have to be friendly. Skipping too many out-of-the-office lunches and after work drinks may send a warning sign to your boss that you lack basic communication skills or that you're not a team player.

You learn a lot about people out of work so make an effort to get to know your colleagues well – you never know when you might need a professional ally.

Clock watching
Whether you're halting hunger pangs with an early lunch at 11am or out the door at 5.30pm to catch the shops before they close – obvious clock-watching sends a signal that you are not committed to the company.

Try to demonstrate your investment through simple signs such as arriving early enough to make your morning coffee before the workday begins and staying to finish time-sensitive projects, regardless of what the clock says.

Pulling sickies
Calling in sick when you are perfectly well is one of the worst yet most common career mistakes. You'll end up weaving yourself a web of lies and invariably get caught out, particularly with the prevalence of social media. Your boss may even suspect you're not sick but not let on.

Equally, if you are genuinely sick don't play the martyr and come into the office anyway. No one will appreciate you coughing, sniffing and spreading germs, so take the necessary time to recuperate at home. Just keep your boss informed and seek a note from the doctor if required.

Cutting corners
A period of adjustment is to be expected in a new job, but try to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Failure to commit 100% to tasks, causing your boss to send back work for multiple tweaks and revisions, shows sloppiness and lack of effort.

Set high standards for yourself and don't overlook the importance of basic requirements, such as thorough research, correct spelling and meeting deadlines.

Incessant complaining
Everyone loves a good moan about work but be careful what you say in the early days of a new job. Your boss and colleagues will be sensitive to your words of woe, particularly if you grip about ideas that they have put in place.

Always aim to be positive and be mindful of how quickly healthy venting turns into incessant complaining. If you're not happy in your job, your boss may assume you want to leave.

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Careers: The six mistakes that could get you fired

By far the most dangerous job across most of the world is fishing. Apparently 103 in every 100,000 fishermen will die at sea - most of them by drowning, and according to Oxford University, those who work at sea are an incredible 50 times more likely to die at work than anyone else.

How well they are rewarded for risking their lives depends on where they fit in the pecking order. At the very top, with your own boat and crew, in a good year, you could bring home more than £100,000. At the bottom of the heap as a trainee deckhand you would be lucky to get more than £10,000 a year.

In the army, these experts have the nickname Felix - because they need every one of the nine lives. We all make mistakes at work and in this role mistakes will kill or maim you. 

In return for taking up such a dangerous role, you'll be paid £32,000 a year, which is made to look even more paltry by the fact that many of these experts end up drawing a disability pension before very long.

The risks of working with highly volatile and explosive materials in impossibly difficult natural environments is bad enough. Add in the risks of working in politically charged environments where you may well be a target for terrorists, and you can see why this is a dangerous job. In fact it has a fatality rate of around 32 per 100,000, and around 100 people a year die in the industry- around twice the average for all UK workers.

This risk, however, is reasonably rewarded - partly because of the fact it can be hard to attract workers to the places where oil and gas needs to be extracted. It's not uncommon for those with experience to be making £75,000 a year.

Put people up high, give them something heavy and awkward to carry, then get them to do it in the rain. It's not surprising this is a dangerous job. What is perhaps surprising is that over the past five years 30% of all work-related deaths in the UK have been in this industry. The riskiest construction jobs are those where heights are part of the every-day business of work - with scaffolders, steeplejacks ad roofers facing the most danger at work.

The pay starts around £20,000 for skilled workers, rising to around £50,000 for site managers.

Around 54,000 road accidents involving professional drivers take place on British roads every year - which is around 250 a day. Meanwhile, one in four of all road deaths involve a driver who is at work at the time. Despite stringent rules about how long they are allowed to drive for, and in-cab telematics to make sure they don't bend the rules, tiredness is the main cause. 

In return for the danger, plus the long hours and the anti-social lifestyle, these workers can expect to earn around £25,000 a year.

The risks are perhaps unsurprising, given that drowning accounts for the majority of fatalities. However there are also problems from high gas consumption and mental health problems, often due to having to spend inordinate times decompressing in a confined space with another individual.

However, given the risks, the inhospitable locations and the skills required, the role can earn you £100,000 a year or more.

These are often ex-military personnel employed to protect wealthy or powerful individuals. The role is unsurprisingly highly dangerous, with the constant threat of terrorist attacks, enemy fire or booby traps.

There really is danger money associated with this job, which is another role than can earn the right individual 6 figures a year.

Around 15 police officers lose their lives at work every year. However, surprisingly, the biggest risk is from involvement in a road accident, which causes 70% of the deaths. Around half of these are officers getting to and from work. Meanwhile no more than one or two are killed by criminals in an average year. Fatalities, however, are only a small proportion of the massive number of injuries a policeman can pick up - with roughly one police officer injured every hour.

In return they can expect to earn around £40,000, rising to £55,000 for senior officers.

Again there aren't a huge number of deaths in the line of duty. However, every fire is potentially fatal, and every job carries the risk of injury. Injures are very common, although burns account for only 5% of them, the rest tend to be due to things like training and carrying equipment.

The pay has been subject to a number of arguments and even strikes but is currently around £30,000.

Perhaps it's surprising that this doesn't come higher up the list. Since 2001 over 350 have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The front line is clearly just about the most dangerous environment possible, and has to be up there with the place that most people would least like to work.

In return for putting their lives on the line in the service of their county, army personnel can expect to be paid £14,000 when they start out - rising to up to £100,000 for the most senior officers.

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