Getting fired can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. No matter the reason for your dismissal, you can find yourself struggling with all types of emotions ranging from embarrassment, anger, fear and even depression. And yes, especially the big question, "How will I ever get a job after I have been fired?” Not to worry; follow these easy steps to move past, “You’re fired.”
It can be difficult getting past the “being fired” part, but you must move on! You have two choices; you can live in a negative space and dwell on the past or you can decide to look to your future and learn from this experience.
This can be as painful as hearing those words “you’re fired!” Spend some time taking a personal inventory of the reasons why you were dismissed. Don’t play the “blame game” and point fingers at others. Take full responsibility and turn this negative experience into a positive learning opportunity for your future. Reach out to mentors and/or enroll in outside education to help you grow in any areas that are keeping you from the success you are destined to achieve.
It’s time to freshen up your resume and cover letters. Be certain to point out your successes and your strengths. There is no reason to mention your dismissal at this time.
During your interview for a potential new position, be prepared to answer those questions you fear the most...“Why did you leave your last job?” Honesty is the best policy, be honest with your potential new boss, you don’t need to get into a long drawn out conversation about it, keep it brief. Share what you have learned and how you have made a personal commitment to learn and grow from this experience. If you have enrolled in outside education and/or have mentorship in this area be sure to share this information during your interview. Remember, this is your golden opportunity to turn a potentially negative situation into a positive.
Life is full of ups and downs. Every hiccup in life is a learning opportunity. Being dismissed from a previous job doesn’t have to be the end of your career. It’s an opportunity to grow, and in the long run, you will become a more valued team member than you could ever imagine.
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Breaking It Down
Being fired from a job can shake a person to their core. It ranks in the top three of life’s most stressful situations, however, you can turn this negative life experience into a positive one by being honest with yourself and your potential new employer. Never play the blame game and take the initiative by enrolling in classes and reaching out to mentors to move past any barriers in perception that may be keeping you from moving forward. Not sure where to go from here? Try these two online classes to help reimagine your future.
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