If you hear the words “you’re fired,” stay calm. You’ll be better able to take the following 10 steps for getting back on your feet.
Don’t freak out.
Prevent your emotions
from getting the best of you. The calmer you stay, the faster you’ll get past this crisis
It might be satisfying to lash
out, but don’t do it. You need to protect your reputation now more than ever.
Don’t sign a severance agreement immediately.
Take time to look over a general release
if you’re offered one, and possibly run it by a lawyer. You might be able to negotiate
a higher payment.
Negotiate how your departure will be described.
Your former company might agree to describe your separation in neutral
terms to future employers, or to just confirm your dates of employment.
Look over your finances.
that you might not find a new job for a few months. Review your budget
and cut out any expenses you can.
File for unemployment.
Go to the doctor.
You’ll probably have your employer’s healthcare until the month’s end, so get your doctor and dentist
visits in immediately.
Plan to keep in touch with co-workers and clients.
Try to see your firing as an outsider might. Do you understand why you were let go? What lessons can you learn for your next job?
Remember that you’re not alone.
Lots of good people are fired and move on to success. You’ll get past this too.