Getting fired can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. No matter what the reason was for your dismissal you can find yourself struggling with all types of emotions ranging from embarrassment, anger, fear, and even depression. Add into these emotions the big question, “How will I ever get a job after I have been fired?” and you’ve got the perfect storm.
If you have been fired from your salon, spa, or shop job, follow these easy steps to move onto the next step of your career:
Look to Your Future: 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.
Take Ownership: This can be just as painful as hearing “you’re fired!” but you have to be honest with what went wrong; this is the only way to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. Spend 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 or outside education to help you grow in any areas you found a weakness.
Moving Forward: 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 point.
Once you do land an interview, be prepared to answer the question that your fear the most… “And why did you leave your last job?” Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with your potential new salon/spa owner. You don’t need to get into a long drawn out conversation about it though. Share what you have learned an important lesson and how you have made a personal commitment to learning from this experience. If you have begun outside education or mentorship in this area be sure to share with them during your interview. Remember, this is your golden opportunity to turn a potentially negative situation into a positive. Take ownership and never play the “blame game” in your interview; this will definitely not help you get a foot in the door.
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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In this post, we discussed three ways to move on to the next phase of your career after you’ve been fired. Here are two tools that can help you plan your next steps:
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Michelle Campbell is the Content Marketing Specialist for MiladyPro.
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