Let’s face it – getting fired can be a dismal experience. After getting the news that you are now newly unemployed you’ll probably have a lot of questions and concerns regarding the immediate future of your career. You might worry about paying bills, or more importantly, how you will find a job after being let go. However, getting terminated can be an opportunity for tremendous professional growth if you stay positive and use your leadership skills to guide you along a professional development plan towards you next career.
6 Tips For Finding a Job after You’ve Been Fired
1. Make A Plan: Having a professional development plan is important to ensure your job search is strategic and effective. Reflect on the reason for your termination. If skills related, how can you change the situation moving forward? Think about the type of work you want to do next and incorporate this into your plan. Targeting roles that suit your skills and will make you happy is a must. Often times, after the shock of unemployment, applicants apply for any and all jobs they remotely qualify for. However, financial constraints aside, a more streamlined approach will yield better results.
2. Update Your Resume: Depending on how long you were with your employer before being terminated, you may find yourself with an out of date resume. This means more than just updating your work history. Is your resume a modern resume? Do you have a professional summary or key accomplishments listed? Additionally, keep your skills current by taking freelance or volunteer roles to stay professionally active during your career search. During job interviews, you’ll be prepared with a great answer and demonstrate your ability to take initiative as a leader.
3. Stay Connected: During the time between being let go and getting a new job, stay connected using websites such as LinkedIn to network with other professionals in your field. Professional groups also offer many ways to use leadership skills in a team environment. Consider adding professional extracurricular activities to your professional development plan to ensure you adhere to your goals.
4. Remain Friends: Although it may be difficult to be positive after being terminated, playing nice will get you farther in the long run. You never know when you might need an employment reference or job verification in the future during your career search. Instead of harboring bad feelings, use your leadership skills to adapt your professional development plan to the unforeseen unemployment circumstances and welcome the new career path with a smile.
5. Believe In Yourself: Feeling doubtful about finding a job after getting fired is normal, however keeping your head up and being confident will lead you towards a brighter professional future. Use your leadership skills to effectively learn from your mistakes in a way that benefits you professionally and personally.
6. Practice relaying your story: Do you know how to present your termination situation to a new employer? How much detail do you divulge? Never lie but thoughtfully consider sharing in detail. Most importantly, practice your presentation so that it is received without emotion. Future employers are sensitive to feelings of resentment, anger or sadness. Sometimes, discussing the situation may make emotion rise to the surface. Be prepared by practicing on a trusted friend or relative and ask for candid feedback.
Finding a job after you have been fired presents unique challenges, however those challenges can enhance your career if you embrace and accept the change. Have you been terminated and are seeking employment services to assist in your career search? The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.