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Excuses, Excuses

Dependability is a major factor when entering the workforce. In the ‘real world’ your 3,000 excuses don’t matter.

Employers want individuals who are punctual, dependable and happy to be at work. If you are an individual who frequently ‘has’ to miss class or work for a variety of reasons, you should prepare yourself for a farewell wave from your employer.

Things happen…and employers are not oblivious to this. However, the topic of dependability becomes exceptionally prevalent when you are missing work on a frequent basis.


  • If you have children, make sure you have backup child care in case of an emergency.
  • Schedule appointments outside of work hours or on your lunch break. This may mean scheduling a very early morning appointment or scheduling well in advance to get a lunch-time appointment.
  • Keep up on sleep and a healthy diet to keep your immune system healthy
  • Maintain contact with your boss. If you do have to miss, make sure you openly communicate the time you need out of the office, the reasoning and time of return

Remember: Dependability matters to many people. If you are a student who frequently misses class, you will lose the luxury of possibly using that particular instructor as a professional reference when you begin job searching. Employers WILL fire you for attendance and tardiness issues which will cause a hardship when you search for a new job, as the prior position will not serve as a reference for you.

Make your job searching easier…start using your time management and organization skills to ensure you are at work or in class on time every day!