Losing a job can be a tough experience to deal with, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world. In fact, with the right mindset and approach, it can be an opportunity to find new opportunities and grow professionally. In this article, we will guide you through the steps you can take to move forward after getting sacked, from managing your emotions in the first few seconds to finding your next job within weeks. We’ll offer practical tips on how to handle the situation professionally, how to use your network and job search tools to find new opportunities, and how to approach conversations with former bosses and colleagues. Whether you’re feeling anxious or uncertain about the future, this article will give you the guidance you need to stay positive and find your next career move.
In the first five seconds
“However you feel, breathe deeply and count your breaths and exhales,” says Rob Yueng, author of How to Win. – “If you get really angry at the news of your dismissal, say you need to step out for a minute and leave the room immediately. Show yourself strong and resilient in this situation instead of calling your boss a fat asshole.
After 10 minutes.
“Don’t argue or defend your position,” says Rob. – ‘Offer to meet a little later, when your nerves have calmed down to about the office equivalent of ‘honey, I’ll explain everything’. Control your body language and tone of voice. These people may still invite you for remote work or give you good recommendations. Get your thoughts together and don’t lose your temper.”
Two days later.
“Reach out to everyone you know and colleagues in your field immediately,” says Harry Freedman, Job Centre Specialist. – “There’s no shame in being sacked, it’s far worse than that – inaction. Make the job site become more important to you than social media.
In 4 weeks.
During the search period you will have to bother even more than you did when you were hired for the job. Every job opportunity should be accompanied by a unique cover letter, not just a simple “hello, please consider me…”. If you find the phone number of a potential employer, you can cut a sharp turn and call the human resources department directly.
Three months later.
“When you get back on your feet, try not to brag about it to your former bosses and colleagues,” says Friedman. – Instead, think about what you can offer them now. A mutually beneficial conversation with a former boss is far better than a covert spat disguised as cute dialogue about the weather.
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