Bouncing Back After Being Fired
Published: Mar 22, 2016 By Ciara Mulvaney
Whether you were slacking on the job or simply laid off due to budget cuts, getting fired can be difficult. The loss of a career can be hard to grieve but the time afterwards is vital. Here is some advice on how to bounce back from being fired.
1. Learn from your mistakes.
The first step in the recovery process is to understand why you were let go. Reflect on your job performance and ask for honest feedback. Seek advice from your ex-coworkers or a good friend. Did you have a bad attendance record? Were you rude to customers? Check this list, and see if you recognize some of these habits in yourself. If you do, maybe consider on how you can improve yourself and how others see you.
2. Consider a new career path.
Take this time to contemplate on your time at the company. Did you enjoy what you did? Did your job adhere to your core values and beliefs? Did you resent going to work every day? Maybe this is an opportunity to dive into another industry.
3. Set a routine.
Stay in the habit of getting ready for work and getting out of the house. Wake up at your normal time and don’t get in the practice of staying out late on weekdays. This is not a vacation and should not be treated as such if you wish to get back in the saddle.
4. Keep busy.
Volunteer, participate in an internship, but most importantly, keep your mind active and your skills sharp. If you are an accountant, get in the habit of routinely checking into Quickbooks and managing your accounts. Don’t lose your proficiencies because you have become discouraged. Taking up freelance work, is also a chance to be productive and avoids any gaps in your resume.
5. Set deadlines for your job-hunt.
Your chief goal is to land a job as soon as possible. So treat your job search as a full time position. The quicker you get back your feet, the easier it is. So set deadlines for yourself. Maybe you want to apply to 25 jobs per week or walk into 3 businesses a day. Establish these goals, and you won’t become overwhelmed by process.
6. Update your skills.
Use this time to become a better you. Always wanted to finish your Bachelor’s? Or wished you had gotten that certificate? By continuing your education, you will gain new talents, allowing you to become more employable. For a small monthly fee, Lynda.com offers thousands of certifications on different software. However if you are looking for a cheaper option, look to your local public library for free courses and Youtube.com for quick videos and tutorials.
7. Keep in network.
Depending on the outcome of your dismissal, keep in touch with your ex-coworkers and others in your professional network. Refrain from burning any bridges, as these connections may help you find your next opportunity. This might prove difficult as you may be embarrassed; however it is important to maintain your professional image and remain in sight of potential employers.
8. Be positive.
The most important thing to remember during this time is to think positively. This might prove difficult, but your negativity will reflect poorly on your future endeavors. Just remember that your next adventure is out there, it just might be a little harder to find. Focus on improving yourself and set your sights on the next big thing, whatever it may be.