This post is featured on behalf of Stacey White.
So you got fired? What are you going to do about it? You might cry, throw things, drink, binge on chocolate, or even all of the above. It’s a bit of a shock when we find ourselves suddenly out of work.
And the reality of the financial hardship we’re about to experience is enough to make you scream. So let it all out. It probably won’t make you feel better, but when you’re done, you might be emotionally ready to pick up the pieces.
Allow Yourself to Be Upset
You have to grieve when you lose something that was important to you. Even if you really hated that job and you’re actually glad you never have to see your boss’ smug face again, you can feel sad about it.
It’s affecting your entire life. Your lifestyle immediately changes, you lose touch with your friends from the office, and you live life in uncertainty. You have a right to mourn the loss of all that security.
Do your best to stay positive. You’re taking the right actions now to fix what has gone wrong.
Financial First Aid
When you’re fired, you’re not that high up the list of ideal candidates for the next job. That means it’s going to take time to find the next appropriate career move.
In the meantime, you need to put the band-aid on all that cash that is gushing out of your wallet. Cut off all subscription services and let creditors know you need a couple of months off repayments to get back on track.
They might say no, but if you’ve told them there is financial hardship right now, they have to cut you some slack.
You might need to look to longer-term solutions to stay on track financially. That’s OK. You can get back what you lose now when you’re back on your feet.
For now, think about options like selling your house and moving somewhere cheaper. If you we’re hoping to move or looking for a new beginning, this could be it. The sale might even free up enough cash for you to spend retraining for a different career. Websites like SellHouseFast.com offer a few quick and easy solutions to move before the bailiffs are called out.
Play to Your Strengths
If you’ve been fired, you’re not going to get away with lying about it. Owning your mistakes is actually an admirable quality that might just squeeze you in the door for the next job.
So determine what went right in that job. Then pinpoint and clarify the mistake you made. Try to summarize it in a short sentence no longer than about 7 or 8 words. Now do whatever it takes to demonstrate you have learned from it and put measures in place, so it never happens again. Blaming your old boss or colleague won’t go down well, even if they had a major part to play in the problems.
When work goes horribly wrong, it really can mess up your entire life. Sometimes you have to take a step back and regroup.
You might even have to start again. Of course, every experience makes us wiser and stronger. You can get your life back on track again!