Steps to Take: In this article, I will show you some steps to take to recover from the loss and hopefully reduce the time you spend out of work. I will give you some tips to follow after being fired from your job.
Things You Don’t Need to Do After Being Fired
It might be difficult and you can make a bad situation worse by saying or doing the wrong thing to the wrong people when you have been fired. It’s normal to feel sad, angry and frustrated; just make sure you limit negative comments and complaints to your closest friends and family.
Don’t just walk out the door because I will guide you on the steps to take after getting fired from your hard earned job before you can move on.
1. Go Through your Stages of Anguish
For the first few days after the incident, don’t contact anyone for new work, you’re going to feel desperate and rejected and it’s how you’re going to come off when reaching out. So it will be better for you to be in a position of confidence and power. But allow yourself a few days to mourn.
2. Say ‘Sayonara’ With Separation
If possible, you’ll have some forethought before getting fired, but if you don’t and even if you’re comfortable in your job now you should know the separation package at your firm and the average for your industry.
Then if the time comes, negotiate your farewell by asking for as much separation as you think you’re due and a supplement for your health benefits. However, if you can’t say it yourself, you can hire an employment attorney to say it for you.
This employment attorney can also assess any papers an ex-employer is asking you to sign (i.e. a non-compete or a non-disclosure and make sure you do not sign at the point of termination, take your time to read/think it over). And most essentially, don’t resign. If you are asked to and you accept, it can disqualify you from receiving unemployment.
3. Receive Your Benefits to Go
Don’t leave without health coverage and assess your retirement options. You should talk to your former employer about increasing your health insurance benefit for up to 18 months under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act COBRA and you have 60 days after your coverage breaks to partake or start shopping for your policy on healthcare.gov.
4. Welcome a New Budget
After ending a regular paycheck, you need to reassess your budget majorly if you don’t know how long you’ll be unemployed and/or your income becomes variable.
You can start by observing what’s coming in and how much you have in liquid, attainable savings (i.e. your emergency fund), and compare it to how much you spend every month. Split your spending into fixed, necessary expenses (e.g. student loans, housing, insurance, car payment, groceries) and changing unnecessary ones (e.g. clothing, eating out, travel).
5. Consider a Gig
While searching for another job, make sure that money is coming in by taking on a side gig that lets you control your plan. You can make your hours with firms like TaskRabbit, Uber and Airbnb or sign on with a good old temporary employment agency.
6. Own it à la Syler
When getting interviewed for your next role, be ahead of time, stick to the facts, and don’t allow emotion at the door. But if the thought of that makes you too uncomfortable, then scribble your thoughts and absorb statements like: ‘It wasn’t an ethnic fit’ or ‘My boss and I continued to have different opinions.’
7. Have Your Elevator Cast Down
You should update your resume and Linkedin profile, of course, but did you think about your angle? Practice quick and concise communication, especially for your elevator angle.
No matter the reason, it’s left to you to know how you handle the situation. You can be aggrieved and bitter, or you can see this as a great opportunity and make use of it as you move forward.