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Your contract has been terminated and you’ve been fired from your job. Try not to panic!

Here are a few of the things you should do if you’ve been fired:

Firstly, you have got to remain professional. You can become emotional or angry if you have been fired, but you really don’t want to let your emotions get the better of you. Burning bridges and ranting and raving as you leave the building really isn’t going to do you any favours. Find out the reasons as to why you have been fired. Finding out means that you can learn from your past experiences, and use this knowledge to progress your career in the future.

If you do need to vent, do it with a close friend or family member. Do not vent online about your last place of work, colleagues, or boss. Firstly, this may come back to bite you in the future. You may need a reference from your previous place of work, and badmouthing them online will leave a bad taste in their mouth.

Give yourself a couple of days to ‘grieve’ about what has happened. Many people think that as soon as they get fired, they need to get right back on the horse and start applying for a new job. You may be eager and desperate, but this can come across when you are frantically applying for jobs. Take a couple of days to sort yourself out and put your thoughts in order as to what you want to do next. You never know, being fired could be the push that you needed to start doing what you’ve always wanted to do!

Take this time to update your CV. It may be an old one, so you will want to have it up to date with your most recent experiences and successes. You want to make sure that your CV and Cover Letter aren’t general and that they are specified to the job and industry that you are applying to.

Admitting that you have been fired is something you don’t necessarily have (or want) to disclose on your CV, but it is more than likely that it will come up during the interview when you’re talking about your previous place of work. The best thing to do if you are asked why you left your last job, is to be honest. Try and turn this negative into a positive by letting the interviewer know that this situation was a learning curve, and you really grew from it. Also, don’t use this opportunity to bad mouth your previous employer, as the interviewer may think that you might do the same thing about them in the future.

Remember you’ve got to stay positive. A positive attitude will get you further than a negative one will.

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