So You’ve Been Fired…Now What?

One of the most dreaded situations in your career is hearing some variation of these two words: “You’re fired.” As a professional athlete, you can essentially be fired from one team at any given notice and replaced with someone else. As a business professional, being fired means you have to find your next step.

When getting fired, it is common to feel lost, especially when it happens unexpectedly. Since this is such a difficult and often emotion-filled, experience it is easy to dwell on what happened. However, it is important to realize that you are not the first, and you are certainly not the last, person to get fired. In order to avoid the slippery slope of falling into a funk, or breaking out of it if you already have, Amy Shouse wrote an article for LearnVest (a leading site for personal finance) featuring five top strategies to help you return to your happy, productive self. After all, she used them herself after getting let go from a job she held for 20 years. For the full article featured on The Muse, click here.

Say It Out Loud: “I Got Fired”

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is accept the reality you are faced with – that you got fired. Hearing yourself say “I got fired,” is the first step towards accepting that it actually happened. Once you verbalize it, you can vent to those close to you, or as Shouse suggests, put a pen to paper and see what comes up.

If you choose to vent to someone about what happened, you should be wary of who you decide to speak to as you don’t want to burn any bridges. Unloading these negative feelings will help you through the rest of the healing process. It is a way to regroup and refocus as you begin the job hunt for your next step.

Make Time To Do Nothing Or What You’ve Never Had Time To Do

While at your job, you likely were very routine-oriented. You probably woke up, went to work, came home, ate dinner and went to bed. Maybe there was some time to relax in there, or even go to the gym, but nonetheless we are creatures of habit and you probably became comfortable. Now, you might feel lost since your routine has been broken.

Is there a trip you’ve always wanted to take but couldn’t in fear of missing something important at the office or didn’t have enough PTO? Maybe there is a work out class you’ve always wanted to try but it was in the middle of the work day. Now that your routine is essentially non-existent you can do all of these things. However, you need to remain focuses on finding a new job and establishing a plan of action to do so. Some down time is crucial for you to clear your mind, but eventually you’re going to need to find a new way to make a living.

Dream Big

When you were a child, what did you always dream of being when you grew up? Shouse made a list of every “dream job” she ever wanted to work regardless of experience or educational background. From there, you can narrow it down to what you qualify for and ultimately what you’re going to pursue.

Adopt A Five Actions Each Day Rule

This is a key point to staying on track towards a new job. Do five things each day that will help you during your job search. Connect with contacts you’ve made previously, go to networking events, apply to different jobs, research potential companies and industries, etc. As long as you’re continually working on finding the next step in your career, you are creating momentum towards your next big break.

Be Mercilessly Authentic

In order to pitch yourself to a company during an interview, you have to know who you are first. If you can’t answer the question “Tell me a little about yourself?” without any hesitation, then you need to take a step back and reassess yourself.

What do you ultimately want to achieve in your career? Do you want to work behind a desk or be on the road? Now is your time to figure out what you truly want and what you need to do in order to accomplish that goal. The better you know yourself, the better you will portray yourself in an interview and your next job.

Getting fired is an unfortunate circumstance that comes with the territory of one’s career. While this is definitely an emotional time full of uncertainty, by taking the five aforementioned tips into consideration you can get over the accompanying funk and find happiness again.

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