Are you going through tough times in your job? Have you been sacked? Would you like to try new ways to get back into work? Don’t panic. We all face bad times in our career. Some are not happy with the work they are doing; some dislike their managers they are dealing with; some are not able to adjust with the shifts. All these happen with most of us and we try to cope up with these situations. Sometimes situations worsen and you find yourself making a bad career exit. You are fired- the reason may be anything. Whether it is your fault or someone else’s, this single event may change your career for better or for worse.
It is likely that a bad career exit will affect you emotionally. It may leave you feel angry, frustrated and even resentful. But you have to take care of yourself and your career. You have to bounce back by following certain rules and making some small changes in your life in order to land a better job.
- Take some time off to relax and think about your future goals: Most of us like to spend our weekends in cosy and relaxing environments after hectic workdays; in a similar manner, you need some time to rest, contemplate and plan your future goals. Give yourself some time and space to let go of negative emotions. You can never make a new beginning without forgetting your past. Try to do things that make you happy, indulge in some fun-activity that appeal to your senses. All these efforts will help you in being positive-minded. Now you can think of what you want from life, what type of job profile you will be looking and what your priorities will be.
- Be honest in assessing your past: What has happened with you, may happen with any employee. The question is how you are dealing with the problem and preparing to take the next positive move. Try to assess your past objectively. What went wrong, was there anything that you could do to prevent the issue, were there shortcomings in your part, did you give your 100% to your work- these are some important areas that you must delve deeper into.
Being honest does not mean to find fault with oneself. Being fired does not essentially mean that the fault lies with the employee, always. There may be some management-related issues that led you to leave the job. Your previous career exit may be a blessing in disguise that will open new beginnings, new career paths, new opportunities for you. Don’t let negativity affect the search of a better career and a better life.
- Improve yourself: This is related to the second point. After analysing the situation objectively, if you find that you had some bad habits that contributed to your exit, it’s time to change those habits and form newer ones. Let us take some examples. If you find that you had been trying hard to make a balance between your professional and personal life, try some new ideas that will help you create healthy barriers between the two. Again, you might have got a bad performance review. Try to research about how to increase efficiency at work. Inculcating good habits will yield better results at the new workplace.
- Not revealing all your details: It is not a nice idea to reveal what happened with you to the public. Today you can reach to your friends and other people in a very short time; so does your story. Everybody likes gossip; if you share your story in the social media, people will like and share it. Within some hours your story will be a hit among the netizens. Badmouthing your employers, telling lies or exaggerating your story negatively will create bad impression. Even when you are right, employers will not accept your story.
- Make yourself more skilled: If you think you can add that extra zing to your career by obtaining higher education, it is the right time to do so. Utilize the time to get some certification, to learn some skill that will help you in getting a better job, may be with a better salary. You may tell your future employer that the primary reason of your being leaving the previous job was that you wanted to pursue higher education or get trained for some special skill.
- Keep handy some reference letters: Build good references and keep in touch with former colleagues, suppliers if possible. You must be active in your professional communities, which will help you later during job search. Your future employers may call previous managers to know about you and they may get to hear a bad story. Never mind! Your reference letters will work for you in such situations.
- Facing certain questions during the new job interview: This is, probably, the toughest phase for any interviewee who had experienced a bad career exit. Your interviewer may ask you several questions regarding your last job and exit. Here are certain instances of how to handle those circumstances:
=> If you were a part of a huge lay off, probably the hiring manager will be aware of this. In this case, you may say that you had been part of the unlucky few who were fired due to the restructure in the company. In this world of employment drought, a company getting hit by recession is not a new thing.
=> You may be hired for a bad performance. If your manager asks about how you performed in your last company, don’t say that your exit was a direct result of your last performance review. You may turn the direction of discussion by saying that you gave your 100% to the company and it was a mutual agreement between your employer and you. After this, focus on the current profile and how your abilities suit that position.
With all these tips, you will surely be able to rectify your mistakes, form a positive view of life and bounce back in your career with inner strength and confidence.