If you were recently fired from your job, you are probably feeling extremely vulnerable and upset right now. Even though your temper may be flaring, do your best not to do anything that might lower your chances of being hired by a future employer. Although you may be extremely angry, there are reasonable ways to approach your situation.
Stay calm. Resist the urge to confront your old boss or to start talking badly about the company all over town. Think to the future, and what your previous boss will say about you in a recommendation to any potential prospective employers. Think of your reputuation first and foremost. Anything negative that you might want to say to your former boss in the heat of the moment simply isn't worth it.
What you do need to do is contact your former boss(es) in order to come to an agreement regarding how you will be portrayed to any future employers. Unless your departure was due to some extreme behavior on your end, chances are good that you can get them to agree to describe your leaving the company as mutual or neutral.
Make sure that you can afford to survive financially for the next few months while you search for a new job. Remove any expenses from your budget that aren't absolutely necessary and get a good handle on exactly how much money you need each month to pay all of the bills that provide a roof over your head and put food in your refrigerator. You also need a reliable mode of transportation in order to go on job interviews in the future. You might want to file for unemployment benefits, as long as the reason for your firing was not serious misconduct on your part. Keep in mind that your health insurance policy will end soon, so now might be a good time to get that checkup that you have been putting off.
Taking proactive steps when you've been fired will help you in long run, but more importantly, it will help you in the short run too. Being proactive means that you're approaching the situation positively and moving forward instead of looking backward. Living a life full of what-ifs will get you nowhere, fast.
As soon as you have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that your next few months will be financially stable, take an objective look at why you were fired, if your firing was due to behavior on your part. Make any necessary changes in your professional outlook so that the same thing will never happen again. Then, only look forward, and begin making contacts to move toward becoming employed again.
Getting fired is not the end of the world. Although it is not fun and definitely doesn't feel good, keep in mind that millions of Americans have been fired at one point or another in their lives. Many of these people have gone on to lead very successful professional lives, and you can join their ranks as long as you look to the future and don't dwell on what went wrong.
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