Whether you loved your job or hated it, getting fired is one of the toughest things to handle. Even if you saw it coming, exiting a job suddenly is super stressful. Suddenly you have to deal with the impact on your finances, relationships and your career while simultaneously working on finding a job at a time when your emotions are running high.
Take a breath. While it’s hard to have perspective in the moment, here are 10 tips on how to move forward.
1. Keep it classy. Don’t say or do something you’ll regret later. It’s not worth it in the long run.
2. Agree on your departure language. Do negotiate how your exit will be accounted for to potential future employers as it will impact your job hunt. The chances are your employers won’t be motivated to obstruct you from working elsewhere.
3. Review your paperwork closely. If you’re offered a severance package take your time to review it, don’t sign it straight away. If you need to, there may be room to negotiate. If in doubt, seek independent professional advice.
4. Give yourself some time but try not to freak out. It will be a rollercoaster of emotions and you will need to allow yourself some time and space to work through your feelings. Try to connect with a friend or a colleague who’s been through a similar experience and talk it through.
5. Crunch the numbers. Determine if you are eligible for unemployment benefits and review your budget in detail to identify what expenses can be cut back.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to family, friends and people in your industry if you need support, connections or ideas.
7. Create an action plan. Start updating your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Don’t be afraid to show on LinkedIn that you are actively seeking a new role, it could open doors as recruiters are actively searching for candidates all of the time.
8. Invest in yourself. Make sure to exercise, sleep, and eat right. Taking care of your well being during a stressful transition is essential, even if the last thing you feel like doing.
9. Commit to making a fresh start. Getting fired may end up being the best thing that ever happened to you if you move on to something even better.
10. Believe in yourself. Rightly or wrongly the smartest, most talented people often find themselves suddenly out of a job. How you respond and what you decide to do next is key. The most important assets you possess are your skills and your talent. Believe in your ability to move past this set back and don’t let being fired define you.
Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema