Things To Avoid If You Get Fired From Your Job

When an employee loses their job, it can seem like the the world is falling beneath them.  It’s natural to develop a survivor psychology.  However, this is not necessarily what is best, just what’s human instinct.  The psychology behind coping with this traumatic event is important.

Below are some tips on avoiding common pitfalls if you should be fired at work.

Don’t Sit Around

Keeping active is critical to keeping your mind healthy, your feelings positive, and your energy level high.  Never had a chance to exercise because you were working so hard before?  Make exercise a part of your daily program, even if it just means just taking a daily walk.  You should also be contacting people every day, and setting appointments as soon as possible.  Staying at home all day, sleeping too much, and watching television can be quite deflating when out of work.  Keep your goals in sight – another employment opportunity is there for you and it is your “job” to go and get it.

Don’t Be Alone

Many process being fired as a form of rejection.  They can feel alienated, not comfortable talking to those around them, or unfortunately embarrassed.  Even employees who have only been working for a short period of time can feel the same, since the role of work in a person’s life is important.  Deciding to be alone is not an answer.  When people have been fired from from their job, it is a very critical time to connect with those closest to them.  Whether it is family, friends, or mentors, these are the people who provide the best support through a difficult time.  They also are the people that want to see a positive outcome in your future and will help in any way that they can.

Don’t Panic

Panic can turn to excess anxiety and poor decision making.  Rather, motivate to plan your next steps.    Turn any sense of desperation into inspiration to find your next opportunity that aligns with your goals.

Curb Negativity

It’s natural to be very upset if you are fired from your job.  Yelling at those around you and focusing on all the negatives around you only will make you feel worse.   So, definitely take some deep breath before reacting to any further negative stimulus around you.

Don’t Second Guess Too Much

It may be natural to second guess yourself when things don’t go as planned in the workplace, but this is not the time to become paralyzed with thoughts about what you “should have” done in the past.  However, self analysis can be a great teacher and many lessons to be learned by constructively considering your last job and why it did not work out long term.   Losing a job is a chance to move forward, not backwards.  Imagine you are now the coach of your life.  The players on your team are your skills, family, friends, and work experience.  Your goal should be to assess these assets and determine which can be beneficial to you as you make your next steps professionally.  After carefully assessing what you have in your arsenal, work in a good game plan that takes advantage of your strengths to help you achieve your goal.  That is, to secure an even better employment opportunity.

Don’t Close Your Mind

Faced with a job search after an abrupt departure from the workplace, your first instinct may be to focus exclusively on finding a similar job or only those that are in an industry most familiar.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore new areas.  Now is the time you can interview people you know about their industries and take advantage of your resources fully.