7 Things to Do If You’re Fired

It can happen to the best of us. One day you have a job, the next you don’t. Maybe you didn’t know that was the boss’s wife, or you added an extra zero to a vendor’s payment, or perhaps you finally told your department head what you really think of them. Whatever the reason, suddenly you’re out of work.

Right now, you’re probably stunned and angry. You may be plotting revenge. Put all that aside. What you need is to consider these seven things to do after you’ve been fired.

  1. You have every right to argue the validity of the termination. If there was a meeting, jot down as many notes as you can remember afterwards. Take the specifics and do the research on the offense.
  2. Human resources will want you to sign your life away immediately. Many of us do because we’re not sure what standing we have. Sure, you’re out of work, but you are not obligated by any law to sign anything on the spot. Tell HR you need a few days to process all this. You might even be able to negotiate a more favorable exit deal.
  3. A reference from a previous employer is always helpful. Consider what connections you still have at the company that might be willing to write one for you..
  4. Stay away from Facebook. If you need to vent, do it in private with a friend that you don’t work with. When it comes to your professional career, don’t burn bridges, even if you can’t cross them again. Worse, you wouldn’t want potential employers to see your rants.
  5. Once all negotiations have been settled and you’re satisfied, send management a note of appreciation through snail mail. It will go a long way toward showcasing your integrity and your ability to manage even the worst type of situation. And the story will be impressive if a hiring manager ever wants the details behind your firing.

  6. Get ready for the next phase of your life. Your dismissal may have been a good thing. You should contemplate what went wrong, why, and what now. Think about pursuing something you’re passionate about.
  7. One thing you definitely need to do if you’re fired is use the resources at LiveCareer to find a new job. Resume Builder is the perfect resource for creating that most critical tool for getting interviews!

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