Being fired is traumatic. Your self worth can really take a hit. It’s easy for your emotions to control you instead of you controlling your emotions when you are feeling vulnerable because you lost your job. But there are some things you should definitely not do in this type of situation:
1. Don’t panic. Your mind may be flooded with all types of negative thoughts. You may start to think that you will never get another job or that you will soon be homeless. Panic won’t’ help you, but a well-laid plan will. Take the time to do an inventory of your skills and match them against what employers are looking for in posted vacancies. Then lay out a plan for what your job search schedule will look like on a daily and weekly basis so that you stay on track.
2. Don’t sound off on social media. It may be tempting to vent on social media to your friends, but there is always a possibility that other people may view your posts, even if you have your settings on private. Don’t take the risk of sabotaging your career by expressing yourself online. You can vent over the phone to a friend, but using social media is not a good idea.
3. Don’t refuse outplacement services. Not everyone receives outplacement services, but even some of the people who do are not aware of how valuable they are. You can learn the latest job search techniques, practice your interviewing skills, and receive help with your resume through an outplacement service. And the outplacement service can help to relieve the loneliness that usually comes with looking for a job by yourself.
4. Don’t go on an interview until you have a good handle on your emotions. It can be quite devastating to lose a job, and there are a lot of emotions that are associated with such a loss. It is normal to feel sad and/or angry. But these emotions can ruin your prospects of landing another position quickly if you let them seep into your voice when you are interviewing.
5. Don’t speak negatively of your former employer. Even if your former employer was dead wrong, it is a bad idea to say anything negative, especially in an interview. The employer is likely to assume that you are wrong, and that your negative statements are just sour grapes.
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