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Getting Fired or Laid Off From Your Job
Just got fired or laid off from your job? Well, do not worry because you aren’t the first and only one who has been through this ordeal. This will occur particularly if you do not have the experience or information necessary to complete your job or your company feels you are no longer an asset to their vision. Maybe those in control didn’t do a good job of explaining the work techniques properly.
Some corporations don’t give the sufficient coaching required for somebody to make a good fit at the company. They are in such a hurry to fill an open slot that they might neglect a full-fledged training program, or perhaps, this job may just not have been the one for you. Whatever the circumstances are, now isn’t the time for recrimination.
The very first thing you need to focus on is where to go from here. You might want to talk to family, friends, or acquaintances in an open demeanor and tell them what transpired. Infrequently, this in itself will cause you to feel better because you are facing the situation and taking full responsibility. They are going to be able to supply the motivation and support when you are going through these troublesome times. You will find somebody in your circle of buddies who has experienced a similar situation and can offer some concrete ideas on the way to deal with the experience. You’ll also feel better knowing you are not alone.
Now is the time to chill and have a laugh. Go out and hang out with some buddies and take your attention off of everything which has to do with your current position. Naturally, you do not want to overdo this, so just be reasonable and use your common sense. Look beyond the situation and realize it is not the end of the world. There will be plenty of opportunity in your life. Once you have peace of mind, update your resume and portfolio, and begin the process of looking for a new job again.
During your job search, make sure sure you stay busy. Get some exercise and ensure you maintain a good diet. Update yourself with the latest technology and trends pertaining to your field of knowledge. You do not really wish to do anything that will contribute to depression or foreboding. If you know anyone with a job, whether it is family, friends, or acquaintances, let them know you are out of work and looking for a job. Don’t be afraid to tell acquaintances and family and neighbours, the mailman, the barber, or even the people down at the grocery store. Start networking and getting yourself out there, especially if you have a specialized skill that might be useful.
Start considering your talents. Ask yourself what kind of work you would like to do? What do you think you would be good at doing? What gives you eagerness, excitement, and enthusiasm for getting up and going to work everyday?
Right now, it might just seem like having a job would be great, but don’t just settle for any job that comes along. Settle for the one that makes you want to get up and go to work everyday without feeling as if it were a chore that has to be done. What would you do even if you weren’t getting paid? These are some good things to think about when looking out for a new job.
Look at the issues that led you to become separated from your prior job. What can be done to be sure that it doesn’t occur again? If there were things that you do not feel were your fault, address those at the following employment interview if your potential employer brings them up, though you should never outright put down a previous employer, nor point out your flaws. Instead, promote yourself as someone who was looking to part ways and find better opportunity and room for advancement elsewhere.
Whether you were wrongly let go or not, the issue is between you and your former employer only. Try to recap what happened, what you may have done wrong, whether it was your behavior, your conduct, or your lack of passion. Regardless of what happened, that is now the past. Move forward to the present and look to the future and what you can do to prove to your new company that you are a great employee.
Put all of your passion and energy to work and things should work out for you in your next job. Know that as long as you do not give up, you will find a new job and become more successful, and after awhile, you’ll be ready to put the past behind you for good.
About the Author
The article was contributed by Priya N., a career counselor who loves to write on various career, job search, and interview topics. You can read her interview and career tips on her blog getsarkarinaukri.co.in.