How Getting Fired Can Give You a Better Career
Getting fired or sacked is one of the most humiliating and frustrating experiences an employee can have. Not only it’s stressing to the employer to deliver the bad news and become the number one reason why the employee lost their source of income but it’s also a depressing experience for an employee. When you get fired, it feels like the whole world is crashing down and you begin to doubt your self-worth. You begin to question your skills, abilities, and strengths in wonder why your boss fired you. You start to chastise yourself for messing your work, your attitude, or anything that led to the sanction.
How can we overcome the grief and frustration we feel from getting fired? How can we move on from this dark chapter in our professional and personal life? Here’s how you can transform your life and get a better career after getting fired.
Reassess Your Life as a Former Employee First
While the first thing that comes to your mind is the recent happenings that led to your job termination, we encourage you to think of the larger picture. Try to reminisce the entire time you were an employee. Were you happy at all? Were you working yourself from 6 am in the morning up to 11 pm at night? Did you have to cancel your holidays off whenever there’s a notice coming from your company asking you to work? Did you have time for social life and mingling with friends while you were still working? If the answer to all those questions were no, then your termination might be a blessing in disguise. Ask yourself this question: do you really see yourself working like a clockwork machine for the rest of your life? Maybe it’s time for you to rest and take a break in order to reassess your life.
Think Of Your Skills, Passions, Hobbies, And Your Strength
Now that you’ve finally calmed down and you are able to think straight and logically, it’s time to move on in your life. The days of grieving and crying over your terminated work are done. It’s time for you to embark on a new journey and since you’ve realized that your previous work was exhausting for you and that you’re not happy, you need to make things right with your new prospect job. This time, we recommend you to reassess your skills. What is your strength? Strongest skills? Your passion? Your hobbies? These will serve as your ticket in order to land your next dream job. And this time, you’ll be aiming right straight to the goal!
Think about How You Can Present Your Past Work
Now that you have a new prospective job, it’s about time for you to update your CV and cover letter as you apply for your potential employer. While doing this, you may have to face the inevitable decision on whether or not to include it in your resume. Here are some points you need to consider before making that hard decision.
Determine Whether Or Not Your Previous Work was Brief
Determine whether you’ve worked long enough for your previous job or it was just a brief one. Did you work for only 6 months in your previous jobs with no relevant skills or important work experience to highlight for your next job? Then you might be better off scraping that work experience from your CV. If you do this, you must also prepare for a valid explanation as to the blank time of break time you had from your previous job up until now that you’ve applied. If you’ve worked for so long (let’s say about 2 years) from your previous job and you’ve gained work experience and skills that are crucial to your next job, then you might want to include that in your resume.
If It’s the latter, then work out and you can present it to your next employer.
If you’re fired because of downsizing or merger issue, then you can say that your company had shifted its policies and organizational goals and it was not in line with your personal and professional growth anymore. Explain why your skills and working experience are no longer needed or sufficient to meet the company’s new goal. If you’re fired because of poor performance, state that it was a mutual decision and that you understood the decision from a professional perspective.
Also, explain how the whole process taught you a lesson. How it made you realize your mistake in the past and what your current steps are to correct these mistakes or improve your performance. This way, your future employer can see that you’re sincere and willing to work in order to improve your professional career despite the setback that you experienced. Never say anything bad about your previous employer (even if you do personally) and never blame them for what happened as this might give a wrong signal to your future employer.
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