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So You've Just Been Fired...

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Dec 11, 2017
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So you've just been fired from your job. What now? An article in the Harvard Business Review outlines what your next steps should be. The article goes into things in more detail, but first it's important to understand exactly why things worked out the way they did there: was it a culture thing? A personality clash? Or did you simply make a huge mistake or, even worse, several? You need to get a handle on the objective reality of the situation. Second, give yourself some time to recover: it does you no good to go job hunting when you're not emotionally ready. It only serves to burn opportunities you might have gained had you been more confident at the time. After, using what you learned, try to determine what would make a better fit (for instance, if the issue came down to a culture clash, try finding a company with a more compatible culture). When you get down to actually looking, try reaching out to your network and see what's out there and who might be able to put in a good word for you. In writing a resume and cover letter, focus on the positives and, if things progress to the interview stage, prepare your narrative, as you will likely be called to explain what happened. In doing this, be prepared to showcase what you learned, to take responsibility for the situation, to be gracious, and describe your last job as a project, instead of a job. Finally, be sure to stay healthy and positive.