Getting fired can be painful –no matter how strong you are. Whether you’re an ambitious young professional or an old-time executive, it can feel like a terrible form of rejection. People get fired for all sorts of reasons like personality conflicts, company restructuring, downsizing, change in management, unsuitability for a role, disciplinary issues, or office politics.
It is never easy to deal with, but this handy guide on how to deal with getting fired, will help you make the best out of it.
1. Try being calm
Of course, you feel devastated, dejected and angry and it’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with going home and having a good cry. Let it all out, binge on ice-cream, or whatever. Tell yourself it will be okay. At the end of the day, it was just a job. You didn’t even like it that much. You know it.
2. Talk to someone
A sack, especially an unfair one or one during a difficult personal time could hurt so much. However, talking to close family, friends or a professional counselor can be of immense help. Talk to people who would be unbiased but empathetic to your woes.
3. Believe in yourself
Never lose your confidence. Tell yourself you did not lose the job because you were incompetent or a good for nothing. After all, you were hired by this company because they saw something in you. Just because the requirements have changed or increased with time, doesn’t make you less competent.
4. Apply for another job
Look at getting fired as an opportunity to reflect, grow, and get a better job. Use this period to understand yourself, evaluate your skill sets and search for suitable job openings. It is important that, this time, you ensure that you are a good fit for the next role.
5. Work on your issues
You may have been fired because of disciplinary reasons like low input, wrong attitude to work, absenteeism, lack of punctuality, etc. You may also have been victimised, but whatever the reason, objectively evaluate your behaviour and determine if there are personal issues that need to be changed or improved on.
6. Take a break
Losing a job could be a blessing in disguise. You can now take that break you’ve always wanted, go on trips you’d been dreaming of forever or take that course you never could with a job. Come back with a clearer head and a new perspective.
7. Learn a new skill
This is a great opportunity to upgrade your skill-sets and be ready for a new job. Maybe a web design course, an advanced excel course or an introduction to marketing analytics is what you need to move on the next level in your career.
8. Don’t burn bridges
You may be pretty sore with your former boss or colleagues and wanting to withdraw into a shell because you “can’t face the world now”. But try to understand that it’s probably not personal. Your can still continue to have a perfect personal relationship outside of what happened at the job. You never know when you need references or referrals for future employments.
9. Start your own something
After all said and done, you need to begin to do something about your situation. Maybe this was the wake up call you needed to stir yourself into action. Maybe it’s time you started that business or go back to school. Put all your past experiences to good use and be grateful you can now make your dreams come true instead of helping someone else make theirs.
Have you recently been fired? Did these tips help? Share your thoughts in the comments section!