Getting fired from a job can feel like your worst nightmare come to life. It’s actually one of the most traumatic experiences you can go through. Whether you got terminated because of a mistake, because your company was downsizing or for another reason, it can feel like the end of the world.
But it isn’t. And not to sound cliché, but with record low unemployment, there really are plenty of other fish in the sea. And this reality creates the best opportunity to find the job that’s right for you.
If you’ve recently lost your job, the first step to getting back on track is to accept the situation and remind yourself that you can return, stronger than ever. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off; it’s time to make a comeback.
Here are a few tips that can help you get back in the game.
In the misfortunate event of losing a job, your network can be your lifesaver. Work your professional network and get in touch with your business contacts. Speak to your former colleagues about any job openings. Your ex-colleagues know you best as a team professional, and they can help you get over this small bump in the road.
As a side note, when you do land your next job, make sure you continue to network. Professionals often get so comfortable in a job that they’ve had for years that they forget to manage their careers. The worst time to start networking is when you need a job;the best time is when you have one already.
It’s tempting to mope around feeling sorry for yourself. That’s actually okay for a few days. But don’t let days turn into weeks. Do what you need to do to heal yourself and regroup. Don’t let a termination get you down; keep your head in the game.
A small gap in your resume is common, but as you apply for jobs, make sure you’re doing something productive that can help you once you get back on track. Take a skills-related course or volunteer for a nonprofit. Take the time to reset and decide what it is you REALLY want to do.
If you’ve just been fired, it’s time for self-reflection. Take responsibility for the fact that you were fired and own up to it, but be willing to get past this and learn from the experience.
Spend some time contemplating what you could have done better. You can only control yourself, and there may have been nothing you could have done to avoid the outcome. But if need be, reassess what went wrong and why things didn’t work out. This can help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses as an employee. This can also help you figure out why the job wasn’t for you and how you can better utilize your strengths and pursue the job for which you’re better suited.
A staffing agency like Brookwoods Group helps its clients find the right candidates for their job openings. In order to do that, they need potential candidates that they can submit for consideration. Visit their website, fill out the application and send them your resume. With employment at a record low and growing companies needing people, there’s never been a better time to apply.
As a professional recruitment agency in Houston, Texas, Brookwoods Group works with companies in a variety of different industries such as engineering, marketing, public relations and others. Brookwoods Group is always looking to connect with great talent.Why not simply submit your resume to get started?