November 10, 2017

7 Lessons To Learn After Being Fired

Getting fired stinks. Losing your job can be frustrating, depressing, and demoralizing  Unfortunately in the professional world, people get fired everyday. Hopefully it never happens to you, but it might. It’s part of the natural cycle of the business world. If it happens to you, treat it as a learning experience that can propel you to future success.

Young professional with box of stuff after getting fired

It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever sit down and wish you were going to get fired today. Whether you saw it coming or it came out of the blue, getting fired is never a welcomed event. The important thing is to cope with the reality of the situation and treat this professional curve ball as an opportunity to start fresh. The best way to do this is to learn a few lessons from your experience.

After you take some time to reflect on the pros and cons of your new situation, take stock of certain lessons that you’ll learn after being fired, such as:

  1. Identify Your Mistake – Did you do something wrong? Or were you the unfortunate victim of unexpected cut backs? Find out what you did so that you don’t do the same thing twice.
  2. Take Advantage Of The Situation – Are you entitled to any benefits or unemployment as a result of your losing the job? Take advantage of these final perks.
  3. Prepare Your Response – People are going to ask you why you were fired. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or job interviewer, you need to have a response ready to go. You don’t want to get caught off guard.
  4. Always Be Open To New Possibilities – Nothing in this world is forever. Even if you’re gainfully employed, keep your resume up-to-date and be ready to embrace opportunities that come your way.
  5. Side Gigs Are A Good Thing – Do you have a second source of income to fall back on? A side gig or a shared economy gig can be a lifesaver if you lose your 9 to 5 gig.
  6. Change Is Good – It’s easy to grow complacent in a job. Perhaps the change will allow you to pursue your passion or find an employer that is a better match for you.
  7. Life Goes On – The world won’t stop spinning just because you lost your job. Hold your head high and move on. Most people will forget about your situation very quickly. Don’t let this hiccup in your career path hold you back.

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No one wants to get fired, but if it happens to you learn from the situation and embrace the lessons you’ll learn after being fired. With the right attitude, getting fired might be the best thing that ever happens to you.

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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