How to bounce back after getting fired

Try not to freak out -
As shocking as it can be to get fired, try not to get angry or freak out. Try to remind yourself that flying into a rage or yelling at your boss will only make things worse.

Try not to freak out -
Instead, try to focus on getting out of the meeting with your dignity intact. The more measured your immediate response, the better.

Ask for reasons -
It's a good idea to ask your boss or HR manager why you are being fired. In some cases, it may be reassuring to learn you are being laid off rather than actually fired.

Ask for reasons -
Whatever the reason for your firing, it is good to find out, since it will allow you to improve in a certain area for your next job.

Don't sign anything straight away -
Soon after your boss tells you that you’re being fired, they will most likely hand you a stack of paperwork to sign. Do not sign anything straight away.

End the meeting with a handshake -
As difficult as this can be to do, it is a good idea to end the meeting with a handshake if you can. 

Avoid gossip -
Once you have left the room, avoid circulating the office and telling people you’ve been fired. This looks unprofessional and can cause friction between you and your former employer.

Talk about it -
This may be painful at first, but telling people out loud that you were fired can help you deal with the trauma. Try to unpack your negative feelings in an open way.

Turn to loved ones -
Focus on your relationships with your loved ones. Remind yourself that they’re there to support you during the hard times as well as enjoying the good times.

Talk to a therapist -
If you have strong feelings of anger after being fired, it's a good idea to talk to a therapist or counselor. They will be able to help you work through those feelings.

Avoid 'what ifs' - It is important to avoid falling into the trap of asking yourself ‘what if’ questions. "What if I hadn’t been late for that meeting?" or "What if I’d done more overtime?" 

Use your time wisely -
It can be very easy after being fired to fall into a routine of inactivity. However, it is far better to use the extra time to focus on your hobbies or learn a new skill.

Plan your finances -
An important step to take after being fired is to look at your finances. To be safe, you should assume you won’t find a new job for several months.

Think about your next step -
Once you’re ready to start looking for a new job, take the time to consider what you enjoyed and what you didn’t enjoy about your previous job.

Create a plan -
Looking for a new job can seem daunting at first, but outlining the steps you need to take can break down the task and help focus your mind.

Interview yourself -
The idea of attending a job interview is scary at any time, let alone after being fired. Practicing by interviewing yourself, however, can help calm those nerves.

Consider temping -
Although it may not be ideal, try not to write off a temporary position if one comes up. This is particularly important if money is tight.

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