By DebbieH 07 Nov 2018 7 min read

How to deal with being fired

Being fired is obviously not ideal. However, whatever the reason is for this, you’re likely in a very frustrated state of mind at present. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone at any time, and it can certainly lower your self confidence. This experience can add to the list of the stresses you’re already facing in life. So how do you deal with the fact that you have lost your job? Here’s a few tips to help:



Don’t burn bridges

Hearing the news that you’ve been fired will likely come as a great shock, and it can be hard to manage your emotions at this point. But beware, the attitude you leave your job with can affect your success further down the line. It is very easy to take your frustration out on others during this experience – particularly on the person who is delivering the news. Maintain all dignity during this process, as it could result in you not getting any more references for future jobs. 

Another thing you must consider is to not post anything on social media about it. You do not know who is looking through your social media and if you let all your frustrations out, it might not end well. 

If you have been given an end date at work, don’t be lazy during your remaining days – do your job as normal and leave with respect. 

Also, never bad mouth an employee, it will reflect badly on you.



Don’t let your job define you 

You are your own person. It might seem like the end of the world right now, but this does not define you. We are all human and we all make mistakes, it’s just that some mistakes have more severe consequences. 

During this time, think about how you can avoid these mistakes in the future and use this experience to learn from them and from your weaknesses. 



Prepare for ‘why did you leave your previous job?’

When you are applying for new jobs, you need to prepare for your next employer to ask the dreaded question. Be ready to give a clear and honest answer about why you had to leave your job. Keep in mind that your new employer will also ask your old employer for a reference. It might not seem it, but you’ll get more points for being honest. Explain your side of the story, be honest about your mistake and seek a positive reference.  



Stay Positive 

As you begin preparing for interviews, try and keep yourself in a positive state of mind, no matter how hard it may seem. Good things take time to build, and it may be the case that your previous job was just not for you, and that there is a much better future waiting for you. Being fired can happen to anyone and it is known to knock self confidence. It is a massive bump in your career. It happens to more people than you think. 



Upload your CV to job sites

Getting fired is not always as horrible as it actually seems at first. The initial shock is the biggest blow. However, making sure you can get yourself out there is the most important thing. Use this time to pursue a new chapter in your life. It’s okay to ask for help if you need it. Okay, so this job wasn’t for you – now it’s time for your next challenge and to move on with your career.  


Our blog site can give you plenty of advice on how to prepare for your job hunt.

You might also want to download our guide for a job-winning CV here.