I got fired: 20 tips to get over it. Turn this challenge into an opportunity. Learn how to get back on your feet and move on.
What we will see in this article
How did you feel when you were fired?
Do you remember or know the feeling you had when you were fired? Was it fear, injustice? Feeling of guilt?
Well, any of them can affect us, because in general in Brazil, we have a lot of debts, bills and can hardly have financial reserves, can we?
I got fired without expecting it: what to do?
hat about when you don’t expect a layoff or feel like “I got fired out of the blue”?
I don’t know about you, but with most of them the ground seems to swallow us up and we get very confused about what to do, where to look for a new position, whether to look for friends and everything else….
But look, instead of thinking it’s the end of the world (it’s not, believe me), there are still plenty of opportunities for you, without any restrictions on your age or whatever people tell you: for you, everything can be different and better!
In fact, when you are fired, it feels like you are the only person in the world who has ever lost his job. So you start talking to your friends and family and find out that it is a fairly common occurrence.
What to do after being fired?
From now on, I want you to pay attention to the simple tips that I am going to pass on, because they are items that, if not totally solve it, will help give you a great employment path, have no doubt about it.
All you need to do is to first remove from your mind and heart the following thoughts (and it’s not mantra, coach or whatever you think, it’s just my personal experience that I pass on to you).
Don’t be embarrassed about being fired
Never be ashamed of unemployment. You have potential, you want to change this situation, you want to do your best, don’t let bad words or thoughts bring you down. Bad ideas are not worthy of you!
You have the potential to win
Don’t allow yourself to think that you CAN’T,that you don’t have POTENTIAL, because just the fact that you are reading this article, already makes you a person interested in WINNING!
Should I feel guilty for being unemployed?
Don’t feel guilty about being unemployed! Although bad, everyone goes through this sometime in their life.
This can never bring the burden of guilt into your life, oppress you, or even bring depression into your life, it is not worth staying this way. You are much bigger than that.
Remember that even if you have made mistakes, you can correct them so that they don’t happen again in your professional career, and even serve as a good moment of reflection.
Should a person be fired for just one mistake?
Is it fair for a person to be fired for just one mistake? Well, it depends on the mistake, it can really happen and you should train yourself more every day to avoid mistakes in your profession.
Correct the error if the dismissal was your fault. Take the action within you to correct the error, restore whatever is needed, but don’t let a guilty conscience and guilt bring you down. These feelings keep screaming in our mind, but they are just to get you out of control, don’t let it define who you really are as a professional!
Should I preserve myself at work?
Yes, without a doubt you should preserve yourself at work.
No one outside your family or religious faith needs to know the reason for the resignation, or even that there was a resignation, unless you strategically feel that you should share and ask for help of various kinds.
Why shouldn’t I fight with my boss when I get fired?
Don’t go on a rant against your boss. Although you may have been fired for personal reasons, it is possible that you were fired for a reason related to something else, and your boss may not be happy about it either.
Don’t play an enemy to someone who could help you find a new position.
Should I seek the reason for my dismissal?
Ask why you were fired. Many times you won’t get the truth, but sometimes you will. After you leave the office (preferably without causing a scene), you can call coworkers you trust to see if anyone else can give you an answer as well.
Don’t ask in the office – people who may be willing to share the truth with you in private may not want to do so in public.
How to talk to your family about your resignation
One of the difficulties for those who have become unemployed is to take this matter to their family. This can be an even greater difficulty if you are going through some critical moments in your relationship, and it is essential to take care that instead of being shaken, you can stay united in this time of challenge.
Let’s look at some items together:
- Your job was the only breadwinner: when your job is the only breadwinner in the family the conversation becomes more difficult for everyone, because a moment of despair can come over everyone and that is not what a layoff means. Weight and guilt can take over, and despair can strike everyone. How to deal with it?
- No reserve for this moment: even if everything turns out fine, you noticed that you had not made a reserve fund for this moment and this will compromise everyone’s quality of life. How then to pay the bills so that they can maintain this standard?
- The family was not prepared: the family may not be prepared for this situation and become emotionally shaken. Depression can take over in these situations, and the fact that you have become unemployed will bring insecurity to everyone. What to do in these situations?
- Family sees me as a failure: you feel that your family didn’t care that you became unemployed, but placed a burden of failure and guilt on you. From your eyes, you have felt a lack of support at this time and that your family doesn’t seem to have really cared about your pain.
How to deal with job resignation?
- Your job was your only livelihood: in these cases you need to identify other opportunities in other fields and freelance services that can bring in extra income until you have another job or someone else in the family gets an extra job or service as well. Everyone needs to help each other at this time, of course, with each person’s proper proportions.
- There was no reserve for this time: similar to the way we talked about above, you need to look for a new income to be able to supplement what is needed or just assist a little more in this matter. If you are employed at this time of reading, try to set aside a percentage of your salary for these eventualities.
- The family was not prepared: for a family that has been formed for some time, this kind of situation is not new, believe me. Many people go through this and it takes unity, patience and care for everyone at this time and to make sure that everyone has understood that they will get out of this situation.
- Family sees me as a failure: this is their view, but it may not really be how you think in this moment of pain and confusion you may be going through. You have to think differently, be non-judgmental, and do your part in preparing yourself and looking for another job. Take care of your heart, be as positive as possible, and be sure that this is just a moment and does not define who you really are.
Unemployment is a temporary phase in the life of every professional
As we talked about above, the fact that you have become unemployed is just a moment in your life and there is no need to take desperate measures or anything similar. It is a moment of concentration, focus, and understanding that this does not define your life or who you are.
Get your head up, think only about what will matter to get a new and better job, as well as preparing for the market, interviews, and meeting new companies. If you have become unemployed, move on, for you are above this moment.
Organize your resignation paperwork
When you leave the company, make sure you do all the paperwork regarding your resignation. Look at the rights you had when you were fired, check what you need to do, the downgrades you need to give, and rush, in all wisdom, to start a new journey.
Don’t let the “I was fired” take over. Be faster than that.
The best place for you to look for information about the benefits is also the cashier’s website. There you will have several questions answered for you: Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits.
I was fired, what do I do now?
Now that you are prepared, with a healthier mind, let’s see some fundamental tips to get a new job, as soon as possible, because that is what your heart most desires at the moment, isn’t it?
- Update and organize your resume. This is the first point you should make, because with this, you will feel much better and safer about looking for a job. WARNING: you do not need to update with the new data, but also organize your resume for the new, leaner format with real data.
- In the resume, insert the OBJECTIVES part with just the position you want, such as “Work in sales”, and none of that boring speech that nobody reads, trust me…
- Be prepared for interviews. Set aside some money for tickets or gasoline to go to the interviews, book more discreet clothing, study what to say, study the companies you will visit, and improve your vocabulary.
- Take courses. Take advantage of this time to study, either in person or online, as long as you get the certificates to prove it. Do especially those that are in your area of expertise. This will make a huge difference on your resume and in your interview. Make a point of showing that you are keeping up to date.
- Look for Friends in the area. Getting in touch with friends in your field, with former colleagues and even join the Linkedin network (REQUIRED), where you can make various contacts with companies and human resources of them.
Well, they seem like simple items, don’t they? Instead of thinking “I got fired,” there are simple ways to get a new job. See our article on the subject.
And yes, it is exactly because they are simple that few people do it, and you can be differentiated in the market placement, do you understand this way?
What should I do if I get laid off?
If I “got laid off,” nothing can hold me back from looking at other options and opportunities at work!
If I “became unemployed,” seeing a closed door, I looked for new doors for myself.
let’s look at other opportunities.
How to be self-employed?
Self-Employed: working as self-employed is a great option in some cases, because an AUTONOMOUS, depending on the area, sometimes has more financial security than professionals in other areas. Obviously I’m not just talking about Uber, but also other areas that you may be very talented in or able to afford a course:
- Commercial Representative
- Advisor in your area
- Consultant in your area
- Digital Store
- Digital Affiliate
- Setting up your own business
- Application Driver
Can an unemployed person start his/her own business?
If I was laid off, there is always the option of trying to fulfill the dream of having your own business.
Opening your own business is fantastic, I particularly enjoy it, and although it requires a lot of preparation and studying, it is always a valid option. But it’s not difficult, you only really need to study and rely on cases that worked, besides having help from professionals such as the Sebrae of your city.
Well, how cool is all this, no? I am sure you must have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, because in many moments I could see myself in these situations and see how much they have remained in the past, just as they will remain for you.
“I got fired” will be a milestone in your life, where you will remember how much you can learn at this stage.
It can all be scary, but it happens often
There can be a million reasons for losing your job: anything from a violation of an obscure company code to standing in the street preparing a bad cup of coffee for your boss that morning.
Regardless of the reason, you need to look for the positives in your situation and do what you can to move on with your life. The good news is that there are so many layoffs these days that employers are used to hearing that people have been laid off. It’s all in how you package and present yourself – and your next job can be much better than the last.
Be grateful even in confusing moments
Just remember to be grateful when you get past all this, all this “I got fired” phase. Remember people who are unemployed to help them in the future, not to judge them, and in this way you will have a wonderful future ahead of you…I can see it already!
Also remember that as difficult as this situation may seem for you, it is still possible to experience wonderful events of victory in your life. Small miracles happen to someone like you and me. You cannot define your successful life by a job loss. In some cases it is even a boost to something better.
How many people have been laid off from their jobs and set up their own successful businesses, haven’t they?
What does the worker receive when he/she is fired?
I was fired, how much will I get paid? This is an essential question for your planning, because at this point it is essential to know how to adjust your finances.
- Salary Balance
- Prior notice worked or not worked
- 13th proportional salary
- Vacations due and proportional
- FGTS fine
- Unemployment insurance
Health problems after being fired: what to do?
For example: I was fired and I have RSI, what should I do?
In cases of health problems after being laid off, some variables are possible for the worker’s care:
- Reintegration to employment;
- INSS benefits (Illness Benefit, Accident Benefit, Disability Retirement);
- Workers’ compensation if the illness was caused or aggravated by work;
- Disability insurance;
- Maintenance of the medical plan by the company, in order to pay for the treatment.
Anyway, according to the lawyer Dr. Henrique Lima, it is essential that workers seek their rights as soon as possible.
How many days after being fired do I receive my severance pay?
The time frame that the law mandates for the payment of a termination is 10 days.
The deadline is foreseen in the CLT, in article 477:
Art. 477. Upon termination of the employment contract, the employer must make the annotation in the Employment and Social Security Record Card, communicate the dismissal to the competent agencies, and pay the severance pay within the period and in the manner established in this article.
§ The delivery to the employee of the documents that prove the communication of the contract termination to the competent agencies, as well as the payment of the amounts contained in the termination instrument or receipt of discharge, must be made within ten days as of the contract termination.
Your name is not unemployment, your name is not failure, your name is not accumulated debt, but your name is “turn around,” it is “look ahead” and not let a momentary state define you. Can you understand it this way?
I know that this stage of life is not easy, because many times we are without strength, older and even without much perspective of a place and a bigger salary so that we have more dignity, but with focus and persistence, things can really improve.
Believe me, take all the necessary steps you need, don’t let yourself get down, and make the new situation something even better in your life.
Try not to complain, be the strength your family needs, and don’t let the quote “I am unemployed” rule your life! You, better than anyone else, know your potential!
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