For most of us, it has happened. We have been let-go from a position. Sometimes it is our fault; sometimes it is not. However, for many of us, it is a real challenge moving on after the event happens. We would like to shed some light on what to do (and what not to do) when this happens. Here’s how:
Look to the future: Swallow the pain, and move on – quickly. Try to take whatever lessons you can from this life/learning experience and “get right back on the horse”. Look forward, be positive and don’t look back. Above all, don’t harbor resentment or dwell on the moment. As we mentioned, it’s happened to us all at one point or another; you are not alone. Direct your energy – even if it is rooted in anxiousness – to acquiring a new, better position.
Be honest: Employers understand it’s a difficult job to hire and manage employees, and many times the personality and the team dynamics aren’t controllable. In other words, it’s not always you. One setback in a resume of great work accomplishments shouldn’t be an issue if dealt with appropriately. Remaining optimistic and confident will allow you to move forward, employers will look beyond the occasional career setback if you are positive, passionate, and willing to go in the right direction.
Don’t Do It. Have something bad to say about your past employer? Want to see justice done for what you consider to be a moral wrong? Walk yourself out of the interview room now – because nobody wants to hear it. Speaking ill of a past employer at any stage in the hiring process is a sure-fire way to send you back to the unemployment line. It solves nothing and benefits no one. Remember what your mother told you – if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.
Focus on the positives. Instead of worrying about your past employer, develop an accurate and honest view of your role at that job, your contributions and the people you worked with. See if there are coworkers who can be references and speak to your positive performance at the job. Focus on the skills you learned. Network with the people the job introduced you to along the way. There’s an ongoing theme here; look to the good, avoid the bad, and refocus your energies on the next big thing in your life.
Don’t let being let-go get you down. When in doubt, pick up the phone and talk to one of Masiello Employment’s team of recruiters, we’re here to help. If you are ready to move on and tackle your next role with a passion, we can help you get there.