What To Expect If Your Fired

Whether you have been terminated, laid off or dismissed, they all result in you losing your job. For some, this may come as a relief, others may find it devastating news. Whatever your reaction is, it will require you to make some changes. Changes, especially those that are unexpected, can be very stressful and may bring about a variety of emotions.

Getting fired from your job and looking for employment can be one of the greatest challenges you will ever have to deal with. Whether you knew it was coming or not, you will likely experience a variety of emotions including shock, anger, fear and loss. Your daily routine has been disrupted and you may feel anxious about where your next pay check will come from. The idea of having to find another job and start all over again with a new company can be overwhelming for some. Below we offer some suggestions on how to make the transition from being fired to finding another job that is perfect for YOU!

First of all, know that you are not alone and what you are feeling is completely normal. Make sure you take time for yourself. Look to your friends and family for support. Allow yourself to experience the myriad of emotions you are feeling, understanding your feelings will allow you to move through them on your way to recovery. You will soon be back to feeling like your old self again

Whether you were fired for not performing your job at an acceptable standard or fired from your job due to a company reorganization, you should receive notice or pay in lieu of notice. The amount of severence will depend on your position with the company and how many years you have worked there. You should review the severence package and if necessary get professional advice on your options. Involving a lawyer and going up against your former employer can be a long and costly process. You will not receive any money until the situation is resolved. Perhaps it is easier just to move on and to be determined to turn getting fired into a positive change in your life.

It is important for you to decide where you want to go from here. This is your opportunity to decide what type of work you really want to do. You do not have to accept the first job that comes along. Review previous jobs and decide what things you liked about the job and what things you didn't like? What was interesting and challenging for you? What have you always wanted to do but never had the opportunity? Answers to these and similar questions will help you focus your job search and will help in the decision making process down the road.

Job Search

A successful job search starts with a good plan. Your new job is 'finding a job' only this time YOU are the boss. Choose a place to work and get organized. Assemble all the items you will need for your job search. Plan your time and set goals to ensure you stay on track and are not distracted by people and things that do not move you towards finding another job.

One of the hardest things to deal with is when a potential new job interviewer asks you why you got fired from your last job. Practice your answer to this question without blaming your old employer and avoid making it sound like you were the problem. Do not burn bridges, you never know 'who knows who' and they will likely contact your old employer for a reference.

"In life, what sometimes appears to be the end is really a new beginning"

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