What to Do After Job Termination
No job lasts forever and for some, the sour taste and deflated feeling of
getting fired may occur once or even more than once in a lifetime. This event
may or may not have been of his or her doing. Dealing with a job termination
doesn't have to be your fault; you may have exhibited a personality clash with
your supervisor, manager, or head employer.
A merger or downsizing might have been the cause of your job loss. Perhaps, you
never found a niche within the business and weren't performing to company
standards. Sometimes, you simply made a mistake that was large enough to cause
the termination of your job. Whatever the act or circumstances, there are plenty
of things to consider once you lose your job.
Dealing With the Loss of Your Job
The way you have conducted your affairs prior to your job termination will make
a heap of difference. For some individuals, a reasonable nest egg or tucked-away
savings may help them survive until new employment can be found. For others,
they are strapped for cash and more stressed out.
The first thing to do after job termination is to exhale and breathe deeply. You
should take a short amount of time to relax because the event is nearly 100
percent irreversible, meaning you need to focus on the next steps to take. You
should keep a positive attitude because the dark cloud of the termination will
only slow you down from moving on.
Was It Justified?
Before you fully lay the circumstances of your job termination to rest, you
should know that experts in the field state that at least 250,000 employees are
fired each year upon illegal or unjustified circumstances. Determining whether
or not you fit into this category could help make your future plans clearer.
If you think you were dealt with unfairly, you should gain the assistance and
advice of another (preferably a lawyer). For some, this means obtaining access
to unemployment benefits or additional compensation. The state unemployment
office can also help.
Dealing With Resumes and Cover Letters
As you move on from a job termination, you should continue to present yourself
in the best light when conducting a job search. In your resume or cover letters,
it is not necessary to make mention of your termination. Your cover letter
should mostly focus on basic information. The only time you should reveal the
reason for leaving your last job is when you are asked.
As you fill out job applications, you shouldn't add negative aspects pertaining
to your job history (such as a job termination), but it is important to remain
honest and refrain from lying. Almost always, this act will lead to mistrust and
disaster when your background has been checked, eventually revealing your job
termination. If an application specifically asks for the reason for leaving your
previous job, you should use terms, such as "job ended,' "position ended," or "terminated."