If you just got fired from your first real job, you may be feeling a bit lost, panicked, and scared. Don’t worry though! It’s perfectly normal to feel all of those things, and the sooner you can get your bearings the better.
Here are five simple things you should do after getting fired:
5 Tips to Bounce Back From Being Fired
Allow yourself to feel the emotions you’re experiencing
Crying is a normal, healthy response, to difficult life events. And if you’re feeling absolutely lost, talk to a trusted friend or family member about your situation.
But maybe you were thinking screw that job and glad you no longer work there. Either way, feel those emotions and remember that feeling. You will use it later.
Write down everything that’s going through your mind at this point
This will help you process your thoughts and feelings and give you a roadmap for what comes next.
Are you excited because you now have more time to work on your side hustle?
Maybe you are glad because you hated working in customer service?
Whatever you write down really think about why it is coming to mind. Especially focus on the things you are glad to never have to do again. You can use those as a guide to help you filter future opportunities.
Read More: Why Understanding What You Don’t Like is so important.
Take a look at your work history and personal references
If you were let go from your job, make sure you have at least three solid references who can speak to your work ethic and reliability for your new job applications.
These should be individuals that you have worked extensively with on various projects or events. Alternatively, it would also be helpful to have a mentor in your field that could speak to your growth and development.
Note: If you are struggling with your work history review your LinkedIn. Hopefully, you have been recording your career trajectory there. If you haven’t been doing so, start now.
Create a job search plan
Decide where you want to look for work and how many applications you’ll fill out daily. Then determine what other steps you’ll need to take to improve your chances of getting an interview.
This is a great spot to ask for insight from mentors. How did they handle getting fired?
What method did they use to find their subsequent job?
Of course, this step is definitely easier said than done, but it’s an essential step in finding your next job.
Stay positive and focused
It can be easy to get bogged down in all the negative emotions you’re feeling, but it’s important to stay positive and keep your eye on the prize. You will get through this and be able to find a new job soon.
Losing your job could be a difficult and confusing time. But by following these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to getting back on track and moving forward.
Good luck and thanks for reading!
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