I was so excited when I got a job as a management executive in a small firm (run by two decent guys) in New York City. But after working for a few months, the owner of that firm gave me the bad news: their main account had fallen badly. They would work alongside to run the business, but I had to leave my job. It had taken me several months to get that job. Now, I had to find another one.
Many of us have been fired or laid off from a job at some point. We might lose our job due to factors which we have no control over. Other times, we make a mistake, do some sort of company violation and as a result, find ourselves unemployed. People don’t want to leave their job on their own, but unfortunately, it happens to many. But as I came across this situation, I found some good things you can learn from it too.
It lets you soul search.
If you have worked in a customer support team but were fired due to your rude behavior towards clients, you may consider finding a different kind of job. Or, it may force you to work on how you should interact with other people.
It forces you to find the right job for you.
It’s very common to be unhappy with your job or the career path. The reason behind it may be you didn’t find your work very interesting. Now that you’re unemployed, you can find more satisfying and interesting jobs to utilize your skills properly.
It gives you a chance to look behind yourself.
Now you can use your free time (when you are not going to any interviews) by giving back to your community. You can work either as a volunteer at a hospital or offer help to a local animal shelter or NGO. It will not enlighten you from the inside only, but you’ll be doing something good for those people who actually need it. Plus, it will make your resume look good!
Now, you have to take time off.
You have no choice, but to put off vacations you have been planning to indulge in for a while now. Although, being unemployed is less relaxing and this is definitely not the time to spend all your savings on a trip, but it’s the best chance to do something exciting in your hometown. An online search can point towards parks, museums or low-cost excursions that you would generally give up because you had to work hard in the office.
Time and technology are on your side.
You won’t stay unemployed forever, but now you have enough time to concentrate on finding another job, which include writing resumes and cover letters, reading online job portals, attending networking seminars, and getting in touch with your friends and peers for grabbing the best opportunities. Online resume builders, social networking sites, and other digital mediums have made our life easier by taking a lot of pain for us.
Getting fired always hurts, no matter what the circumstances are. But as every other thing in life, it can be an opportunity for you. Obviously, you can’t un-fire yourself, but you can learn a lot from your experience. Now, the choice is yours.
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