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Are You Fired? Don't Panic!

Aug 17, 2007
Panic could grip you when you first hear that you are fired. Although it is the most natural reaction, panicking, especially when you need to think rationally, could potentially rob you of the opportunity to turn tables in your favor.

No Job Loss Is a Sudden Development

If you look back at the events that led to your firing, you would see that it was not a sudden event. However, this is not to suggest that you had to have done something to save your job as in most cases it is a futile exercise once management decides on who stays who goes.

On the other hand, as things become clear, you should realize that panicking only leads to self-pity and skepticism. These are the few things you need to avoid if you want to look forward and get going quickly.

Don't Panic! We Are Living In the 21st Century

The biggest advantage to living in this day and age is that it you can forget losses more easily than ever. Along with advances in technology come new opportunities, either with other companies or work at home opportunities.

Let's see what you should do during this time. While gathering your courage is the first thing you need to do, things begin to become clearer gradually as you come to terms with the situation at hand:

1. You are not back to square one. You have lots of experience gained through your previous job, of which you can use to find the next.

2. Your job termination could be a blessing in disguise. For those languishing in a job they hated, or which did not pay well, this is an opportunity to turn things around and find a job that you really enjoy doing and are compensated fairly.

3. The next thing you should do is update your resume if you haven't already done so. The sensitive issue here is whether to mention the job loss or not. The truth is that hiding things such as this can eventually surface much quicker than you expect and to your detriment later. Any future employer is more concerned about your employment with them than your past as long as you can justify the reasons for that incident. Securing impeccable references, especially from coworkers at the company that terminated you, is key.

4. Don't wait a minute getting started with your job search. Procrastination at this point could prove deadly. On one hand, it will push you down the sentimental ladder, and on the other, it will require that you answer the question in your future interviews.

Act Fast When Fired From Your Job

There are numerous job openings that exist that you may not have even heard of ten years ago. Most of them fit anyone with an open mind. Send your resume to recruiters and Internet databases quickly and mail it to employers in your city regardless of whether they have a vacancy or not. If you have time, try adding a new skill that is in demand.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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