Being let go from a job, especially if it’s one you’ve had for years, can feel similar to losing a friendship. It’s a challenging and sad experience.
However, it’s something we’ll probably all go through at one point or another, and it’s not the end of the world—you’re not alone!
Don’t lose confidence in your work because you were fired. Instead, rally and begin your job search. Here are some helpful tips on how to begin looking for your next position after you’ve been fired.
Take some time to think about why you were laid off. If it was due to performance issues, think about what went wrong and how you could grow from the experience. Being fired is a horrible feeling, but keep in mind that many people go through the same thing. You’re not alone and this is an opportunity for you to learn.
Is your current career trajectory the right one for you? Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. Now is a great time to think about what you want your future to look like. Create a list of the points you desire in your career, do they match up with your current field? If not, it might be time to begin looking outside your field. If you’re considering a career change, start looking at different options on UltiCareer to read about personal stories from various jobs.
3. Begin to search for a new position immediately
Although you should take some time to process your situation, you need to begin looking for a new job as soon as you can. A gap on your resume won’t look great to future employers. Plus being active and searching for a new position will help keep you positive.
4. In the meantime, volunteer
Try volunteering at organizations related to your work. You can learn new skills and meet new people. Volunteering can help fill that gap on your resume, plus expanding your network will be especially helpful.
5. Prepare for a challenging search
Searching for a new job having just been laid off makes your search more difficult than normal. You’ll face challenges like updating your resume, proving your worth, and those especially tough interview questions. Go into your search expecting a challenge and a few rejections.
6. Reach out to your network
Now is the time to let your friends, family, and professional network know that you’re looking for a new job. They can put you in contact with people who are looking to hire and help expedite your job search. Also, reach out to friends and family for support! They can help you stay positive, proofread your cover letters, or help you practice your interviewing skills.
7. Don’t lie
If someone interviewing you asks about your last company, don’t be negative and avoid saying the word “fired.” Answer concisely and focus on what you learned from the situation and that you’re looking forward to your next opportunity. If you were fired because of circumstances out of your control, it’s okay to say why. But make sure that you take accountability and don’t lay blame elsewhere. And again, keep it short.
8. Think Positive
Try to stay positive! If you get down on yourself, your motivation and productivity will suffer. Start each day with positive affirmations, and reflect each night on all that you accomplished. Make time for your mental and physical health, as well as time with friends and family. Although this is a challenging time for you, you will eventually come out of it with a great learning experience under your belt and a new job.
You’re facing a challenging job search. But if you stay positive you can get through it! Let these tips help you find your feet.
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