Being fired is never going to be fun. No one wants to be let go of by their boss when they enjoy their job and rely on it for their income. However, sometimes, for one reason or another, people get fired. It’s upsetting and annoying, but believe it or not, it isn’t the end of the world. Being fired from your job does not have to derail your career.
The fact is that many people who are fired learn a valuable life lesson and come back stronger and more successful than before. Just because you have been fired, that doesn’t mean that your professional life has to be derailed – it is possible to come back from your boss choosing to let you go.
After you have lost your job, here’s what you need to do to ensure that your career isn’t ruined and that your life remains on track.
Ask for one last chance
Don’t let your pride get in the way of asking for one last chance. The most common reason for being fired is not doing your job properly. Now here’s where it gets tricky – when asked why they didn’t do their job properly, most employees explain that for the most part they never really understood their role. Perhaps the job description was hazy? Or maybe their boss never made it clear what they expected from them? Either way, being fired for not understanding your role is not something that anyone wants to have to deal with. Is this reason you’ve been fired? Yes – then talk to your boss, explain the misunderstanding and ask for one last chance. Whether they say yes or no, at least you’ve tried and put yourself out there.
One of the most important things that you can do after losing your job is adopt a positive outlook. Being negative will not get you anywhere, whereas being positive will make being jobless more bearable. It may not feel like it right now, but it is not the end of the world – you will find another role, a role that you love more than your old one.
Has your contract been breached?
You should receive a formal letter explaining the reason why you were fired. This letter is vital because it tells you the cause of the situation. If you are unsure whether your employer has breached your contract, such as by not giving you a verbal or written warning beforehand which your contract states must be given, it could be worth seeking professional help. If you are unsure whether your contract has been breached by your employer, perhaps discussing the situation with a personal solicitors could be worth considering. Unfair dismissal is a serious offence and one that should never be ignored.
Update your resume & start job hunting
The biggest mistake that you can make after being fired is not taking steps to move on and get back out there. Start by updating your resume, spend some time job hunting, tailor your cover letter and resume to each position, and start applying. Don’t waste time sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, get back out there and move your career forward.
Hearing those three dreaded words – you are fired – is never a nice experience. But just because it’s not a positive experience, that doesn’t mean that it has to derail your career – see it as a blip and move on. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself, get out there and get back on the career ladder.