Just Fired From Your Job? Here's What to Do Now.

Woman holding papersWhether you loved or hated your job, getting fired is never easy. If you recently found yourself on the receiving end of a pink slip, you may be wondering what to do next. It's okay to feel sad, mad or just bad for a couple days, but then you need to kick it into gear.

Potential employers are looking for positive people who bring good vibes, energy and ideas to the table. Here are some tips for what to do next to get yourself up and out the door to your next great opportunity:

  • Change your attitude: Don't mope about how unfairly you were treated. Look for opportunities to reframe your future by trying something new, be it a new career direction, turning a hobby into a career or simply finding a better workplace environment.
  • Pound the pavement: Don't sit on your couch or at your kitchen table emailing resumes to dozens of potential employers. Get out and network with people who can help you brainstorm about opportunities, introduce you to potential employers and boost your morale.
  • Turn that frown upside-down: Smile, even if you don't feel like it. Research shows that the physical act of smiling actually makes people feel better.
  • Rehearse your response: Potential employers -- as well as well-meaning friends and family -- will ask you why you were fired. Have a ready response that focuses on future potential rather than negative experiences. For example, you can say, "it wasn't a good fit, and I'm looking forward to finding one that is."
  • Call a lawyer: If you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated, consult an attorney to learn about your options. While you shouldn't stop looking for new employment, there may be a way to make up for lost income if you were the victim of discrimination.

Yes, it's tough starting over again. But, you can do this.