Being fired from a job can bring on an overwhelming amount of stress. Some people blame themselves, while others blame their boss. Regardless of the situation and the events that brought this tragedy on you must move on. You must not dwell on the past and you must overcome and manage the stress of being fired. The best way to do that is to get on the road to your next job. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Don’t Burn Bridges
The first and most important thing to remember is don’t burn bridges. Although you’re not leaving the company under the best circumstances, how you leave can affect your success down the line. Leaving in a professional and dignified manner will not only ensure a greater likely hood of receiving a dignified reference it will also make you feel better about yourself.
While losing a job in any situation is a stressful and upsetting circumstance it is important to stay calm and rational. It is best to gather your belongings and leave the premises immediately. Visiting your coworkers to say good bye can be an awkward departure for you as well as them. If you feel the need to say goodbye simply call your closest friends the evening of departure and explain the news. They will understand your reason for being discrete, this will also give you to opportunity to say goodbye without your former boss over your shoulder.
After being fired it is not uncommon to feel anger and resentment toward your former company and even employees but it is important not to bad mouth your former employer. With Facebook and Twitter at our fingertips it’s easy to be overcome with emotion and rant and rave via social media. First and foremost you will never know when you will need a future reference and doing this can ruin any chance you may have. In addition to this, by bad mouthing their company you could be opening yourself up to a lawsuit!
Understanding your emotions
While you may feel that your future is uncertain and the world is coming down on you it’s important to realize that getting fired is not the end of your career. Keeping your emotions in check can be hard, which is why you should put those emotions into something useful. Find a stress reliever such as exercising or a hobby.
Thinking of the future and leaving the past in the past is vital to your wellbeing and future career. Breaking the news to your friends and family can be an awkward and unpleasant subject for fear of being judged. If this is true, simply state that you would rather not dwell on the past and would appreciate their input in how you can move forward. This will assist you in staying positive and also avoid any unpleasant remarks.
Once you’ve allowed some time to heal emotionally and have gotten over the anger of being fired, it’s time to set sail on a new adventure. Make a bad experience into a future opportunity; ask yourself if you were in the right position or career. Change is not always a bad thing!
Explaining your Termination to Future Employers
There is no need to put the reason you left on your resume or cover letter. Interviewers will get around to this question. When asked the reason tell the truth. Be brief and avoid bad mouthing your former employer. Before you arrive at the interview prepare yourself for this question and have a response available. While delivering the news try to stay as positive as possible, avoid pointing out any mistakes on your part, and if possible make it about the company rather than you as an employee. For example, my position was eliminated or my boss wanted to bring in his/her own team.
Remember that getting fired is never as horrible as it seems at first, especially if you use the time to pursue a new chapter in your career. Make something positive out of this opportunity and seek career advice if needed.