Several years ago, I was terminated from a job. Although I loathed the job and didn’t feel that I was optimizing my creative potential there, this was a big blow given that I had recently graduated from college and was attempting to build a career. While my job loss experience was emotionally and financially challenging, I learned a lot because of what happened and now understand that there are various strategies that can be implemented to help overcome the pain and problems associated with termination. Here are three:
1. Go Back To School.
This is the strategy that worked for me! After I was fired, I applied for financial aid and reentered school the September after being terminated. I learned a lot from the two courses I took (in Spanish and poetry). Additionally, I was able to continue doing the types of things I love such as writing for the college newspaper. If you are fired, consider going back to school for another degree. Some helpful financial resources that can assist you in this process include FAFSA as well as EducationGrant.
2. Reflect On What Happened.
Perhaps a better way to say “reflect on what happened” would be “learn from the experience.” Irrespective of which phrase you prefer, the underlying principle is the same. By thinking critically about why you were fired, you gain the knowledge and wisdom necessary to live more productively and powerfully in the future. Personally, my reflections on why I was fired taught me that I am not the type of person that really enjoys working for an employer. At some point, I acquired an entrepreneur spirit and prefer to be able to work independently. I feel much more productive and fulfilled in these types of settings. You may not come to the same revelation that I did, but thinking critically about your termination will probably entail some meaningful insights that help you lead a more effective and excellent life.
3. Begin Applying For Jobs Immediately.
Unless you don’t want to reenter the job market immediately after being fired, applying for jobs right after your termination is a great idea. Why? Because it increases the likelihood that you will be hired soon. This is important for many reasons, including the fact that being fired can often precipitate a plethora of negative emotions such as depression, anger, and resentment. Yet if you attain a new job shortly after you are fired, you may not have to grapple with these negative emotions for too long. When you begin to apply for new jobs, be sure that you are honest about your termination in them. In discussing how to get a job after being fired, Alison Doyle notes that “If you are specifically asked if you were fired, you need to answer yes. Lying on a job application is grounds for dismissal at any time in the future and could cost you future unemployment benefits.” With these thoughts in mind, remember to tell the truth about your termination.
Although being terminated can be a difficult reality to grapple with, there are many things you can do to make it less troublesome for you. By implementing the strategies I’ve listed above, I think you will find yourself more capable of dealing with a job loss than you thought you’d be. Good luck! :)
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