It is universally known that being fired from a job can be disheartening. For some, it can be a huge blow to one’s confidence. To others, it can be akin to the death of a loved one. Sometimes the employer has a nondiscriminatory reason for ending employment; other times pretext is the reason behind such an action. Regardless, the next job for a fired employee may have nothing to do with working for someone else.
This post will explain a few lessons that an employee should take to heart after being let go.
It may not have been about you at all – It’s easy to say that you should not take being fired personally, but sometimes termination has nothing to do with your performance or whether you had a difficult relationship with your superiors. Indeed, saving money is the most common reason for firing someone, especially when the purported reason doesn’t make sense.
Take the “glass half full” approach – There’s always room for improvement, even if you were a high performer in your previous employ. But admitting that you possibly fell short in some manner will help you grow professionally and will make you ready for your next position.
Don’t carry baggage with you – As we alluded to earlier, being fired can be an emotionally wrenching experience, but it can also cause a downward spiral of despair that can harm future employment opportunities. You must remember that you still have something special to offer employers, even if your previous one did not notice it.
If you have questions about your rights and options after being fired, an experienced employment law attorney can help.