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What to Do When You Get Fired

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 12:00 PM

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Because of today’s global meltdown, there is little shame attached to getting fired. Many employees with an excellent track record have been given the “pink slip.” The real problem is the subsequent decrease in job opportunities and renumeration.
 
You should plan what to do if you get fired while you're still employed. An employed person will find it easier to get a job than one who is already fired or laid off. Employees should assess the situation in their organization and decide whether to look for another job before they get fired or laid off. Being prepared for getting fired will make it easier to take it in stride.
   
Careful planning is required when deciding what to do when you get fired. First of all, remember that this is not the end of the world. If you anticipate getting fired or laid off, you have the opportunity to look around for other suitable jobs. You could also reserve some funds for the period of unemployment. This will put you in a far better frame of mind then suddenly finding yourself without a job. You will appear much more confident when going on job interviews.

When planning what to do when you get fired, it is important to examine the reasons given for your firing or being laid off. When filling out reasons for change of job on application forms, use phrases like “seeking fresh employment,” but do not resort to lying. If you were given the “pink slip” along with several others because of the financial problems of your employer, your future job prospects will be much better. Prospective employers will not view your getting fired from your previous job negatively. Lack of foresight on the part of your employers could well be the reason for their problems.

An employee getting fired for poor performance or disciplinary reasons needs to prepare a sound strategy for seeking fresh employment. If the reason for getting fired was poor performance, accept your inability to meet expectations of your previous employer. Suggest that you were fired because you were not suited for that particular position. Never try to pass the blame onto your previous employers. Study the job requirements of the new position and be prepared to prove your capacity to produce results.

If practical, attend courses for improving job skills before applying for a new job. Employees getting fired for disciplinary reasons will have to be more circumspect when planning what to do when fired. The reason for getting fired must be accepted and explained with humility. If there was a personality conflict, you should not focus all blame on your superiors. Employees will need to express a willingness to change. If you believe your services have been terminated illegally, it may be wise to seek professional advice. But never think too much about what has transpired in the past. Moving on in life should be the focus of planning what to do when you are fired.

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