What to Do if You Have Been Fired

The day that you’ve always feared has arrived; you were fired from your job.  So what now?  How can you possibly move on from this devastating blow?  Here are some tips that will help you recover from this difficult situation:

Talk to Someone.  Being let go from a job is one of the most challenging situations that you will face in your career.  It shakes your confidence and leaves you wondering how you will manage to pay your bills.  It is not healthy for you to bottle up these feelings.  Find someone with whom you feel comfortable expressing yourself.  When you are given the opportunity to vent, it is much easier to move on.

Reflect on Your Skills and Interests.  There’s no doubt about it; being fired is awful.  However, this difficult situation gives you the opportunity to make a fresh start.  Did you enjoy your last job, or is there something else that you would rather be doing?  Might it be time for a career change?  Evaluate your skills, make a list of your interests, take an aptitude test, or make an appointment with a career counsellor.  Learn about the options that are available to you and try to find a career that you will love.

Don’t Be Negative.  When you have been fired, there is plenty of blame to go around.  You can blame your manager for being unreasonable, your coworkers for not being supportive, and yourself for losing your job.  The problem is that these negative thought patterns will drag you down.  Try to let go of the anger that you feel towards your employer and stop beating yourself up; you are going to need all of that energy to get yourself back on track.

Analyze the Situation.  After a few weeks (when it’s not so fresh) sit down and try to determine what went wrong.  Was it a personality conflict?  Was the job unsuited to your skills?  Did you make a mistake?  It is important that you have an understanding of exactly why you lost your job so that you can prevent it from happening again.

The harsh reality is that most of us will lose a job at some point in our career.  The key to your success is in how you bounce back from it.  If you view it as a learning experience and use it to motivate yourself to reach your career goals, you will eventually see this setback as just another bump in the road.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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