You’ve just been fired!!!! Where to now...

How to Handle a dismissal, wrongful or not...

There are a number of factors that can result in your being fired, and to add insult to injury, it happens, even when it’s not your fault. Some of the main causes for termination are that there could be a personality clash between yourself and your manager. The company’s expectations could be way over what you are capable of delivering on. You could be having a really hard time in your personal life, which has negatively impacted on your work performance. And so the list goes on…….but the bottom line is once it has happened, you have to pick up the pieces and move on!!!

First of all, don't allow this to destroy your confidence and self-esteem. You are not the first, and definitely are not going to be the last person to get fired. Instead, focus on what you are going to do next and how you are going to find another job. You will need to be realistic about the situation and realise that unfortunately, this is not going to impact positively on finding a new position, and that how you handle the situation is going to be critical.

So First Things First... Update your Resume

Firstly you need to update your resume. There is no need to mention that you were fired in your resume. There is no point in bringing up the circumstances of yourleaving until you have to. Ideally this will happen in the interview, where you are able to explain the full circumstances surrounding your dismissal. Rather leave out the reason for leaving on your resume.

HOWEVER When filling out job application forms, if it asks why you left your position, you will need to be honest. Don’t lie. Lying on a job application is grounds for dismissal at any time in the future, and can very seriously compromise your new position. If on the application form is specifically asks if you were fired, you must always answer yes.

Now for the really important part... Your first interview

Prior to the interview, spend some time thinking about what has happened. Make sure you have some answers to the inevitable question as to why you were fired. And remember, however hard as it is, don't lie. The majority of companies check references and check background information, so if you lie you are going to get caught out, which will result in your being in a worse position than you already are. Do not contradict yourself. Tell the truth.

So when the dreaded question comes up and they ask “why did you leave your last position?” At this stage it is essential that you tell them the circumstances surrounding your dismissal, and then move on. Try to keep it as brief as possible, and move on. If your termination was due to the company downsizing or a merger explain what happened, if it wasn’t your fault. In the event that the termination was your fault, don’t lie. Tell the truth, and then explain how you have grown and benefited from the experience. I.e. turn the negative into a positive. AlWAYS REMEMBER…. take the negative and turn it into a positive.

“Take It on the Chin”

Hard, humbling and humiliating as it is, do not insult and bad mouth your former boss or your former employer. Mudslinging will not make things better. No employer likes to wonder if you will talk about them that way in the future. It is normal to feel angry and resentful after being fired, but deal with these emotions at home, confide in somebody to get it off your chest, regardless of whether it’s a friend, relative or a trained psychologist. It is perfectly acceptable and normal to feel angry after being fired. Remember though that it is essential that you do not bring anger and any negative emotions into the interview or your new company.

Focus on the skills and experience you have, rather than the firing, this will help show your potential and abilities, which will hopefully result in your getting the job.