Who can get the ax at any time. It happens to good people and bad ones … hard workers as well as slackers.
“We believe that you would be happier working for another company.”
“Unfortunately, business is falling off. We no longer need your services.”
“operations are consolidated in Mexico. Bedrock Plant will be closed on 1 February.”
Sugar-coated or not, the message is the same: You’re fired! You’ve been fired. You are out of work!
13 Steps to survive and prosper
Therefore, it makes sense to know what to do to survive and thrive, you should always get the dreaded “pink slip.”
1. Keep in mind that in the current environment the idea of life charting job is as dead as a hammer. Stay true to your current employer, but never developed a romance with the organization. Know that the relationship can end at any time. There is enough suffering in store for all the loss of a job without adding the trouble and unrequited love. Look out for yourself first.
2. Be alert and well informed at all times about the prospects for the employer and the job. If you know it’s going down the drain, start below-the-radar look for other opportunities. If the ax falls, you’ll have a head start on finding another job.
3. Stay ready financially. Always try to have enough money in reserve to cover at least three months of living expenses.
4. Keep your skills up to date with the needs of the labor market. Exploiting the opportunities for further training. Read the literature field.
5. Keep up-to-date list of your accomplishments so you can produce again in 24 hours.
6. Fostering relations with people in your line of work and the more likely to hire the type of ability. The visible through outside activities and positive attention.
7. Help others who lose their jobs. Also, be of assistance to those who are looking to hire workers. They can help you one day.
8. Understand your feelings.
therapist Bill Weber says getting fired is very much like to deal with the death of a loved one.
“The first reaction is denial, or wishful thinking. It is a mistake. This can not be true,” Dr. Weber says. “Then the shock sets in, followed by anger, depression, frustration and fear. Worst of all is the loss of self-esteem.”
9. If you get fired, allowing little time for mourning; but not too much. Do not just sit there feeling sorry for yourself. It is natural to be angry with your employer, but do not let your feelings show. You do it anyway. Negotiate the best possible severance package possible for continued pay and benefits, especially insurance. Do not forget good reviews too.
10. Start immediately launch another search, the better job. Use this time to reassess the goals you have set for the rest of your life. Define job that will enable you to achieve these goals.
11. Prepare a plan to market yourself. Let it be known that you are available; “advertise” what you have to offer. Involve network of friends and family in your job search.
12. Be patient. Admit it will take time to find another acceptable.
13. Do not panic. If you possibly can afford to wait, do not jump on the first opportunity that comes down the pike, unless, of course, it fits really up with your goals.
Finally, try to remember two things.
1. It can happen to anyone.
2. A high percentage of people end up with better jobs than the ones they were fired.