It’s no fun to be fired from a job. In addition to the financial constraint caused by the loss of salary, being released from employment can cause a high level of undue stress and self-doubt. Whether you intentionally broke a company policy or simply failed to perform certain duties, the hardest part about being fired is knowing what to do next. A big part of this, of course, is finding your next job.
While being fired is a stressful time for anyone, take solace in knowing that your life is not over. You just need to brush yourself off and get back into the workforce. How do you find a new job after you’ve been fired? That’s exactly what we are here to answer, to give you tips that will help you land new employment after you’ve been let go. We started last week with four different tips to get you started. If you missed that blog, you can click here and read it right now. Then, return to this second part to enjoy our final four tips.
Focus Primarily on Employers and Positions That Are a “Good Fit”
It is understandable that once you’ve been fired, you’ll want to get a new job as quickly as possible. While this is a great goal, applying for every single job that you can find is a mistake. This lack of focus often results in failure, in part because once you’ve gone on several interviews that simply didn’t fit, you may be burned out once you land an interview for a job that does fit. So, try to focus only on the jobs that you know will be a good fit for you.
Use Your Resume to Focus on the Positive
The resume you submit to a potential employer is the first chance the hiring manager has to get to know you. Knowing that you will eventually be forced to talk about why you left your other job, you need to focus on the positive throughout your resume. Include the exemplary work you’ve done, any big accomplishments, and any pertinent skills that you’ve learned along the way. This will help soften the blow when the hiring manager learns that you were fired.
Take Control of the Interview
Once the subject of your firing comes up, it is important that you don’t lose control of the interview. This can be a bit tricky since you’re probably already nervous due to being interviewed in the first place. But, you’re going to have to maintain your sense of calm and professionalism while navigating this difficult subject. When you bring up the firing, make sure that you have a strong narrative and that you relay what happened in a manner that does not place blame on your former company or supervisor. This could very well cast a negative light on yourself. Keep the explanation as generic and brief as possible, while still answering the question. This will keep the interviewer from asking too many questions.
Stay Positive at All Times
Expressing positivity on your resume is only the beginning. Once you’re in front of an interviewer, you need to be positive no matter what is being discussed. While you could be entertaining some very negative thoughts toward your previous employer due to the fact that they fired you, you absolutely can’t let that negativity come across in your interview. If you do, it will only reinforce the reasoning behind your firing and, as a result, the hiring manager or interviewer may think that your previous employer indeed made the right decision.
Getting fired may be a terrible experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. In fact, this is the time when you should be even more vigorous in terms of employment. NationSearch believes in creating the best workforce possible, which is why we offer background screening tools that will ensure success for both employers and employees. If you’re a company in search of workers, then we can help you make the right hiring decisions..