Turning anger at being fired as an opportunity to rebuild

Posted on: August 14, 2008

Getting fired unfortunately can happen to the best of us. It can happen when a conflict arises between what the management perceives and your expectations from the job. Getting fired can happen when it may not be your fault or maybe because you totally screwed up. But that doesn’t mean you beat yourself up. Sometimes employees are justifiably terminated whereas more than often they are illegally or unjustly fired. In either of the cases the termination can lead to anger, demotivation and a feeling of loss and defeat. However one must not dwell on it. Instead he/she should turn this anger as an opportunity to rebuild and resurrect a shattered dream. One must focus on what he/she will be doing next and how they will find a job. It is simply futile to cry over spilled milk.

You must start a job search immediately though you are going to face a few hurdles as there will always be the stigma of being fired. However one must tackle the issue neutrally if not positively. It also may not be necessary to mention that you were fired in your resume or cover letter but rather emphasize on the basics like what position you are applying for and your credentials. While filling out the job application remember not to lie as it may come back to haunt you. Lying on a job application can be grounds for a dismissal and can cost you your future employment benefits. If you are specifically asked if you were fired, be forthcoming and reply honestly. You can explain the reason for getting fired and how you have learned a lesson and benefited positively from it. The more you say and explain it, the less painful will it be for you. The best solution would be to move on after getting fired rather than shedding tears over what is past. You got to try hard to convince your prospective employer that you are confident and a strong candidate for the job and sell yourself with dignity and self esteem.


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