What to Do After Getting Fired: The Only Guide You Need

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Apr 13, 2020

Apr 13, 2020 • by Rebecca Smith

Maybe it's unexpected. Perhaps it's been a long time coming, and it's for the best. No matter the reason for your firing, it's an unpleasant experience to go through. 

While it hasn't happened to everyone, you might be surprised at how many people you know have lost a job due to firing. It can happen to the best people you know as easily as it can happen to someone who can't seem to hold down a job and takes no responsibility for it. 

Getting fired could be the opportunity you need to find something better! Here's what to do after getting fired. 

Review the Documentation

Why did you get fired? While your employer might not need to go into in-depth detail, in most cases, they must provide a reason for your termination. Review all documentation that describes the situation and request a time to talk through it with your employer. 

It's good to understand why they've let you go. If there's something you need to adjust about how you work or if you made a mistake that led to your firing, you need to understand what went wrong. 

While your employer can let you go if you're unable to perform your duties, there are laws preventing companies from terminating an employee with a disability without another justifiable cause. 

Review Your Severance Offer

In many cases, you'll leave your job the day you're let go. To receive your severance, you'll need to sign and return paperwork. Make sure you understand the details of your severance. Have a third-party or a lawyer review the details before you sign any final paperwork. 

File For Unemployment

Depending on the terms of your release, coordinate filing for unemployment with the end of your severance payments. In most cases, terminated employees can receive unemployment benefits. 

However, if you have another job or receive income from another source, you might not qualify for unemployment. It doesn't hurt to file as soon as you can and let your state decide if you meet the qualifications for receiving unemployment benefits. 

Look For a New Job

If your firing was unexpected, you'll experience a period of mourning over the loss of your job. It can be challenging to get out there and look for a new job when dealing with losing a job that you didn't want to lose, but it's a good idea to start looking for work as soon as you can. 

Polish up your resume. Reach out to your networking connections. Keep a positive attitude about finding a new work opportunity. 

Don't Burn Bridges

Getting fired or laid off doesn't have to end in a blaze of glory as you leave the building. Keep your composure, maintain a respectful demeanor with your boss, and leave on a high note. 

Know What To Do After Getting Fired

We hope it never happens to you, but if it does, know what to do after getting fired. Learn from the experience and make your next job your next "big" thing!

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