Been fired? Don’t panic. Here are 4 things to do

Been fired? It’s the situation that no-one ever wants to happen to them, but sadly, it does. Having a job or role end before you’re ready for it to can feel like the end of the world and personal to you. But just remember that there are other jobs out there.

So, take a deep breath and remember these 4 things to help you move on from your temporary career heartache.

1. Get a reference

Depending on why and who terminated your time at your role, still ask if you can get a reference from your former employer. Be gracious about their decision and go the extra mile by following up with a thank you note for your time of employment there.

2. Keep your emotions in check

It may feel like a shock or that your future is uncertain, but it’s vital to remember that it doesn’t mean it’s the end of your career. Managing your emotions can be hard but it’s important not to let your feelings stop you from moving forward or dictate how you communicate with your employers.

3. Be careful with what you say

Don’t say anything to or about your employer in the heat of the moment that you may regret in hindsight. With social media being a second language to many of us, it may seem all to easy to vent in a 140-character post, but remember that once it’s out on the world wide web, anyone can see it – including your past and future employers…

4. Reassess and move on

Having your job terminated on terms that aren’t your own can really make you feel low and feel like you’ve lost your identity. But it’s important to look at the bigger picture and reassess your career, your goals and yourself. Look back at the successes you’ve had in the past and hone in to your skills to reinvent the new focus of your job search.

Now what?