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Nobody wants to get fired, but unfortunately it happens. And when it does, it can have a devastating impact on your self esteem, it can leave you lacking in confidence and unsure about the future. What you do after you get fired can be the difference between finding another job fast and remaining unemployed for the foreseeable future. There are some things that need to be done in order to help you recover from the shock of being fired.
Check Your Contract and Company Policy
Take a look over your company's workplace policies and your terms of employment, just to make sure that the company is not in violation of these. If they are, then this could constitute a breach of contract or unfair dismissal which would be grounds for an appeal or lawsuit. They are probably doing everything by the book, but just make sure for your own peace of mind. If you have been unfairly dismissed then I would strongly recommend seeking legal advice as a professional will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
It is no consolation, but what's done is done, and you can't change it no matter how much you might want to. Just accept that it has happened and try to move on. I am not saying that it will be easy, but going into denial about it or trying to fight it will only drag the whole thing out longer and will end up ruining your reputation and stop you from moving forward and finding a new, even better job.
Ask "Why" for Future Reference
If you are in the position to ask why you were fired then I suggest you do so. Knowing why you were let go from this job could help prevent the same thing happening in the next job. Make notes and try to work on these things in the future. It could offer you some helpful feedback and constructive criticism about your performance as an employee.
Take Time to Recover
Give yourself a little bit of time to recover. Getting fired is a huge shock and it will take a little while to sink in. Take a couple of days to get over everything and get your head together and then start moving forward. This will allow you to clear your mind and gain a little perspective for when you start job hunting again. Give yourself as much time as you can afford to give, everyone will be different depending on their budget and circumstances. Do things that you know will lift your spirits during this time. Don't just wallow as that will be really hard to stop. Once you get into a downward spiral, it can be pretty hard to get out of it.
Once you have given yourself time to get over the initial shock of being fired, you need to start pushing forward. Make a career plan and start working on it. Check your contacts list, update your C.V./resume and brush up on your interview skills. If you are considering a career change, now would be the time. Try to turn getting fired into something more positive. It may be hard to see, but it could be one of the best things that ever happened to you.
Being fired seems like the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, and whilst it is not great, it doesn't have to be as bad as it seems. Try to use it as an opportunity to improve things, look for a better job, or start the career you have always wanted. You may need to make changes to your lifestyle, but it will be worth it in the end.