The loss of a job can be highly stressful especially if the person has financial difficulties or if the person has not prepared for the worst. However, if there is an end, there would be a beginning to a new opportunity. It is always wise to be well prepared and everyone should know how to handle termination phase and avoid doing the following three things after being retrenched.

1. The need to burn bridges

An employee’s layoff is sometimes due to the company’s choice to downgrade while others have lost their job as a result of poor performance. Whatever reason the company provides for the departure, keep a level head and try to remain calm. Keeping calm may be a tough challenge, but it is better than vandalizing the company’s property, stealing and mistreating former colleagues. Insulting colleagues out of anger will only lead to burned bridges beyond repair. It is important to try to appear positive even though you feel distraught. Your well-being will become your coworkers concern; they will be more inspired to help you find resources or maybe your next project.

2. Leaving without a recommendation letter

Getting a letter of recommendation from a former employer before exiting is crucial; especially if most of your work experience reside with the terminating company. Asking for a reference will sound remarkably odd and indeed take a lot for strength, but the outcome is worth it. The reference may vary depending on what you were fired for, aim for good or at least a neutral response. A reference is tougher to obtain from a former employer once you exit the building. The difficulty may be due the lapse in time from being terminated to the time a reference request is made, and no one is available to vouch for your work experience. The complexity could also be due to the company’s policy that does not permit references to be provided to past employees in fear of lawsuits or being criticized.

3. Talking harshly about a previous corporation

Never divulge negative information about a former job, employer, or employee to an interviewer. Let your answers to questions asked; be of good taste and professional. Talking about a previous career in a negative way could make an individual appear disloyal and unprofessional. If an employer insist on knowing more about your past job experience, give him a kindhearted answer. The answer to the employer’s question could be as simple as the need for a new challenge offered by the current organization. This could be a great time to elaborate on the prospective company’s goals and accomplishments.

Remember, a loss of a job is not the end of your career, but a new start. It is your chance to let go of outgrown identities and latch onto those that await your arrival. Opportunities will open up that will satisfy your wants and not just those you feel obligated to carry out. The road to recovery, after being fired, may be difficult, but not impossible with the right support.


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