Barbara Corcoran says she was fired from ‘Shark Tank,’ got job back with email

Barbara Corcoran skilled each skilled’s worst nightmare: She landed her dream job, solely to have the provide rescinded.

Earlier than the primary season of ABC’s “Shark Tank” aired in 2009, a producer’s secretary reached out to Corcoran and requested the actual property tycoon to be an investor on the present. She “signed the contract with out taking a look at it [and] mailed it proper again in a single day,” Corcoran stated on a latest episode of Barstool’s “Chicks within the Workplace” podcast.

The euphoria did not final lengthy. Two weeks after she landed the gig, and every week earlier than the present was set to movie, Corcoran stated she bought a name informing her the producers determined to go together with a unique feminine investor.

However Corcoran did not take the rejection with out protest.

“I used to be embarrassed. I advised all my pals, ‘I will Hollywood,'” Corcoran, 74, stated. “So I sat down and wrote an electronic mail proper to them and stated, ‘You have made a mistake.'”

Corcoran stated she stored the e-mail quick, demanding that the producers “invite each ladies out to compete for the seat.” The producers agreed, and she or he landed the job, she stated. She has been an investor on “Shark Tank” for 14 seasons now.

It is uncommon for job presents to get rescinded after you have signed on the dotted line, however not unimaginable. Final summer season, amid fears of a looming recession, massive firms like Coinbase, Twitter and Redfin took again job presents earlier than a variety of workers might go browsing for his or her first days.

It was primarily a response to inflation, co-founder and CEO of the recruiting firm WizeHire Sid Upadhyay advised CNBC Make It final June.

“The broader financial surroundings has shifted a lot,” Upadhyay stated on the time, including that tech firms went from being “incentivized to develop in any respect prices” to specializing in “resiliency” virtually in a single day.

Corcoran’s methodology won’t be probably the most dependable solution to re-secure a job: An assertive electronic mail probably will not thaw a hiring freeze. Upadhyay really helpful asking your community for job leads, revisiting different job presents and getting in contact with former employers.

You may even search authorized recommendation in case you really feel your provide was rescinded for a discriminatory cause, he stated.

Corcoran prefers doing the firing herself, she lately advised the enterprise podcast “The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett.” Earlier than promoting and leaving her actual property agency The Corcoran Group in 2001, she notably favored firing workers on Fridays, usually with out clarification, she stated.

She loved the exercise as a result of it meant culling poor performers and “persistent complainers” from her firm’s ranks, she clarified — however nonetheless acquired some public backlash for her feedback.

Disclosure: CNBC owns the unique off-network cable rights to “Shark Tank.”

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