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I Just Got Fired, Now What?

Author: Dennis Mock

I just got fired, now what?

Whether or not you think you deserved to be fired, dwelling on it won't make it any easier. It can be a huge kick to the ego. It can even feel as though you are being dumped in a relationship - you're not good enough, you're not cutting it and worst of all - "it's not me, it's you."

It may be a good idea to simply take a day off before jumping back in to the working world. Take a day to reflect on your career goals and why it is that you got fired. Then stop wallowing, grab yourself by the bootstraps and get back into the employment game.

Maintaining a positive attitude will help you to stay energized enough to find a new job and it will also reflect in your self presentation to potential employers.

This is also the time to prioritize. Unless you are able to collect unemployment, you will likely be short on money for at least the next four weeks. Pay your essentials first such as utilities or food. Depending on your industry and your experience, you may need to take any job you can get at first in order to make ends meet.

Don't be afraid to contact people in your network about job leads. This can be anyone from former colleagues to your family physician or dog groomer. Ask if they know anyone they can refer you to or if they even know of any odd jobs you can do like painting a shed or building a fence. It is your time to pull as many resources as possible and make finding a new job your new, full time job.

In Brief

  • Whether or not you think you deserved to be fired, dwelling on it won't make it any easier.
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