How To Get A Job After Being Fired: 3 Steps To Success

Being fired from a job is not an easy thing to take. Whatever may be the reason for you losing the job, acknowledge the fact that it is in the past. You need to move on from what happened and find another job, which is the topic of discussion of this article. Through this article, we will have a look at how to find a job after being fired.

Here’s a question for you.

What’s the first thing you should be doing after you get fired?

If you think it is job search, then you are wrong.

Acknowledge the event and take time to recover

Your primary task should be acknowledging the facts and recovery.

Why take time to acknowledge it?

Accepting the fact that you were fired from the job makes a mental mark, helping to overcome the situation, making you realize that those things belong to the past, about which you can do nothing. Failing to acknowledge the fact that you were fired will trouble you mentally, making you overthink and feel stuck.

After being fired from a job, you should admit the facts and take time to recover. Losing a job with no faults of yours is mentally taxing. Thus, take time to let things sink in. Do not rush into job search yet.

It is vital not to take things negatively. Yes, the events that happened with you weren't positive from any perspective, but to move on for your good, you have to keep a positive mindset. Avoid anything, a friend, colleague or events, that induces negative thoughts. Being negative or surrounding yourself with negativity will only pull you down mentally, making you stuck in a rut and worse, keep you unemployed for a long time.

Hence, make sure to steer away from such things and work on recovering while having a positive mindset.

OK but how do you do it?

Speak with your close ones and share your pain and concerns. Be open about your feelings. Do not keep anything to yourself; that's the worst thing you can do. Keeping things confined to self will only make your thoughts linger over those feelings, thus, invoking bad feelings and thoughts. Communicating and sharing your pain will help to keep your mind off the unfortunate events and help to move on.

You have to accept the change, embrace it and move on to better things in life.

After recovering, you have two options to go with.

Two options after recovery time

Taking time to recover is the top priority. After which, you have got two choices:
• Continue in the same career line
• Make a change in your career

Use this break and assess what you want, whether you would continue with the same profession or take this opportunity to have a change in career.

Continuing in the same career line

This step is the most straightforward, think of it as a fresh start of your career after a small break. So, having cleared your thoughts, you should be searching for jobs available in the market that match your skill set. Work experience also plays some part in getting jobs, so put some focus on this aspect too.

You could even take time and learn some relevant skills or gain experience that will help you freshen up things in your resume.

Most people opt to find jobs in the same line of work as previously they were employed in. It allows for, possibly, faster employment with least concern for adaptation to the type of work and the environment.

Changing careers

After getting fired, some individuals decide to pursue a different career. Not everyone begins their career in the field they initially wanted; thus, some use this opportunity to work and achieve what they desire.

However, you have to understand that it might lead to you being unemployed for considerable time based on your learning time, the type of work you are looking at, its availability and demand.

That said, if you have made your mind to change careers, the next is to prepare yourself for the task. The change in career will demand a different set of skills and experience from you. Thus, to be successfully able to achieve this transition, you will have to develop yourself accordingly. You have to learn new skills, gain experience being a part of new and different environments to aid you in making the career change without too many hiccups and shortcomings.

With changing careers, you might have a more extended unemployed period. If it is not something you can afford to do, you should start searching for work, continuing in the same line of work. If you can afford some time without employment in pursuit of your desire, do not hesitate to change careers.

Changing careers demands considerable effort and time from you so be prepared mentally in this regard. The amount of effort and things to learn depends on the degree of variation in both works and your base knowledge of the new job.

Though considerably harder, changing careers and doing something you love could be the thing that makes you truly happy after being fired (a blessing in disguise).

Searching for jobs

Between being fired from a job and starting as a fresher, there are subtle differences when it comes to searching for jobs.

When starting as a fresher, you have a clean slate, without any prior work experience (apart from internships). Being laid-off from a job, you have some work experience paired with a termination of your services.

Looking for jobs, you do not have to mention your laying-off in resumes and cover letters actively. Just citing the work period will do — no need to elaborate your case.

Coming to the task of job searching, it will help you if you start contacting people in your network to assist you. Networking in a job search is a potent tool and can help you get a job faster than going through news advertisements and job portals. In your working period, you must have met many people and made some acquaintances. It is time to use this familiarity with some close ones to help you land a job.

Going on interviews

In interviews, you are sure to face questions regarding your past work experiences. Interviewers might ask you why you left the job. In such an instance, you have to state that you were fired (or laid-off) along with the reason.

Do not deny the truth and make false claims. Admit that you were fired and briefly describe the incident.

Here are some examples to help you explain why you might have been fired.

“The company, where I was working earlier, had a change in structure which made my position obsolete. Thus, I was relieved from my role and left the company.”


“There was a change in management of the company which led to an exodus of employees which included me.”


"My last company was going through some tough times which called for the downsizing of the workforce. This downsizing of the workforce led to the laying-off of numerous employees, including me."

In your support, you only have to state what happened (relieved from my role, exodus of employees, laying-off of numerous employees) and why it happened (change in structure, change in management, downsizing of the workforce), nothing more.

Then again, never show bitterness or talk ill about your former employers. It reflects negatively on your character, diminishing your chances of getting the job in question. Hence, as discussed earlier, it is vital for you to acknowledge and recover properly and not have any ill feelings lingering that could come up later in your job search (for example, in interviews).

Some things to be careful of

Feeling as though the event was unfair and not doing anything about it.

Getting fired, with no fault of yours, does feel unfair. But you can’t do anything about it. The organization had to make a decision and sadly, you were the victim of their decision. Initially, after being fired, you will feel unfair about things but do not let this feeling turn to a general mindset about everything.

You were not the first or the last one to be fired; there were plenty before you and after you who lost their jobs. So, do not take it as an exclusive case and let it affect you negatively. Understand that it is a part of the career for everyone and move on.

Failing to communicate clearly

Keeping things to self after being laid-off won’t help your case. It will make you overthink about things and thus, induce negativity in your mind. Before that happens, talk to someone close to you, maybe your father, mother, brother, sister or even your cousin or friend. Discuss things that happened and let the bad feelings flow out with your words. Do not hold back about how you feel. Express everything; it will help you feel at ease with yourself.

Letting the temporary break turn to a permanent one

To keep mind off the recent happenings, you might start binge-watching TV shows or any other such activity. You might have started something to help you calm and relax, but it might turn into an addiction. Do not let something like this happen. Keep things in moderation. Use the ‘recovery period' wisely and focus on regaining zeal and energy to find the next job.

Not being honest about your case

Concerning your new job search, you have to be truthful about the things you cite or say. You know you were laid-off which was something beyond your control (acknowledging is vital). Tick it off as an experience and move on. When asked about the incident, state the facts: what happened and why it happened. Keep your response short and precise. Also, never talk ill of former employees; it will reflect badly on your attitude.

Next thing to do

Take a break. Take this time to recover and surround yourself with positivity in thoughts, people and the environment. Mark your tenure as an experience, something valuable to add to the resume. Decide what you want to do next, continue in the same line or have a change in career. Accordingly, prepare yourself to search and apply for jobs. In interviews, be open and honest about your case by stating only the significant bits (the ‘what' and ‘why'). Take this lay-off as a unique experience and focus on better things for the future.


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