IF you have been fired...
If you were fired from a job and you are looking for answers, here are the best ways to handle it and get back out there!
If you weren't fired, PLEASE feel free to offer YOUR advice in the comments!
-Wait a day or so
Take a day or two to allow yourself the chance to get past those feelings of anger, sadness, and/or rejection. Give yourself a moment to re-group.
Having health coverage is so important. Speak to your former employer about extending your health insurance benefit for up to 18 months under COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). You have 60 days after your coverage lapses to opt-in or start shopping for your own policy on healthcare.gov. Your new employment status allows for you to enroll even if it's not open enrollment time.
-File for unemployment benefits
Often times many of us think that only laid-off employees are eligible for these benefits. However, in most states, fired employees can collect too, as long as they weren't fired for intentional misconduct. It can take a while for benefits to kick in, so file right away.
-Re-visit your budget
If you’re not sure how long you’ll be unemployed start by reviewing what’s coming in (from unemployment, etc) and how much you have in your savings. Pay special attention to how much you spend every month. Divide your spending into necessary expenses like housing, student loans, car payment, insurance, groceries and unnecessary ones going out for dinner, clothing, travel. Cut back on the unnecessary and spend only when you have to!
-Find work fast
While on the job hunt, avoid waiting for money to come in and consider working a gig position for the time being. This will allow you to earn money quickly and control your own schedule allowing you to be flexible. This is particularly helpful when going on interviews! You can make your own hours with companies like Lyft, TaskRabbit, Instacart, etc.
-Your next interview
When interviewing for your next role don't lie about being fired! Be upfront, positive, and leave those emotions at the door! Also, the less said the better so stick to statements like...“It wasn’t a great cultural fit for me” or “My boss and I continued to have differing opinions.” Whatever the reason keep it as positive as possible and leave it at that. Don’t ever bad mouth your past boss! Read more tips about how to explain getting fired in Matt Bornhorst's post here!
Worried if your boss had the right to fire you? Read more about that here.
Getting back out there is tough, but you can do this!!
-Have you ever gotten fired?