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2nd June, 2018

Getting fired and how to deal with it

Getting fired can be, unfortunately, part and parcel of working life. Whatever the reason and whoever might be at fault, working out how to deal with it could stop your career taking a painful hit from it.

Why did it happen?

Be honest with yourself. Why did you get fired? Try and cut through the anger and hurt – was it deserved?

Whether you were fired for failing to do your job properly, not hitting targets or simply a personality clash, take a moment to sit back and think about it. Could you have done something different or was it genuinely unfair?fired

What are your rights?

Thinking about your rights doesn’t only apply to cases of unfair dismissal. You are entitled to ask about any remaining pay or whether you’ll be provided with a reference before you leave. However, it might be worth speaking to someone neutral, perhaps in HR, to avoid any ill feelings coming to the surface.

If you feel you may have a case for unfair dismissal on any grounds, make sure you note down any factual information and contact your Trade Union rep (if you’re a member) or ACAS for some impartial advice on your next steps.

What next?

Take a deep breath. Getting fired is demoralising but leaving with your head held high and your dignity intact could count for a lot. Don’t go slating everyone involved to anyone that will listen. Speak to trusted friends and family and decide what you will tell people.

How do you explain it?

Getting fired is bound to come up in the future, especially during your next few interviews. Think about how to approach this – be honest, be concise and be positive. What have you learned from the experience? How has it made you grow as a person and an employee?

As much as no-one sets out to get fired, it can happen to the best of us and can open the door to bigger and better things. So take it in your stride, keep your chin up and face it head on. If Steve Jobs can do it, you certainly can!

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