Inexplicably fired after 5 months

I got axed last Friday without any specific items of my performance brought up and never had a warning or sit down to discuss that my performance was inadequate. I started the job back in June so I was still fairly new and still getting the hang of things.

Any advice on what to do in this situation would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


Fund is up and I was the only one that got axed. Didn't really have time to ask why, my manager gave a broad statement then said it was my last day and walked out.

Keepin' it smooth like butter on a bald monkey

Were you doing some unstructured internship/full-time-temp role? What were your daily responsibilities? A manager wouldn't just fire for no reason and a responsible employee wouldn't just go home without an explanation of why.

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For legal reasons, firms tend to give very little, if any color as to why they are terminating your employment. I know quite a few people who were let go without warning in pretty terrible circumstances so your situation is clearly not unusual (that being said, a large % of those worked at large banks where culling of staff is a normal occurrence, but still).

It's possible that your fund had or was anticipating a lot of redemption so they had to cut costs. This is happening quite a lot recently in the HF world recently. It's also possible that it was performance related and for whatever reasons (and I'm not trying to be an asshole here), they decided that they did not think you had what it takes to succeed there and decided to cut their loss and let you go. In any case, I really think you need to reach out to your manager and figure it out. This is definitely going to come up with HH and in interviews and you need to be able to explain (and I would strongly suggest against lying and coming up with a story, the HF world is small and the risk of being found out is not worth the lie).


Thanks for the feedback. I do know there was a redemption of some funds coming up towards the end of the year. It feels weird since if it was a performance issue, I wasn't given a warning or a sit down with my manager that my performance wasn't up to expectations and that all the feedback I had been getting was positive.

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