The more you try to be in control, less you really are…in life and at work. You just got fired and you think it’s end of world. You’re looking at wrong end. Ask survivors of most popular reality television shows and they’ll tell you “If you have to eat a cockroach, don’t spend too much time thinking about it.” Keep focused on end-game and move on.
Know yourself, have a plan, make a footprint. After you’re fired, raw power needed to convert a job loss into a high-voltage catalyst that gains multiple job offers is surprisingly simple. Consider these energizers:
Who you are? Detangle your sense of job from your sense of self
Where are you going? Design a five-year plan for career focus / direction
What can you do? Maintain a life-long log of your career achievements
“Getting fired is a lot like getting divorced,” says Steve Johnson, Vice President of Information Systems for R. L. Stevens & Associates Inc., http://interviewing.com/ a leading international career marketing firm headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. “All you hear is ‘I don’t want you anymore’,” he says.
Own your success and your failures. When he was fired from a multi-billion dollar petroleum company earlier in his career, discernment gave Johnson, a business-world veteran, inner strength to get up and get on instead of rolling over and playing dead.
Despite an impressive portfolio of documented achievements that solidly contributed to bottom line through process reengineering, he was still let go. His stellar performance though appreciated, was undervalued by his employers. Johnson made sure that this unexpected event did not end his career or dampen his spirits. “The time I was given pink slip and told my talents were no longer needed, I faced a decision to either continually bemoan shut door or look forward and find a new door I could open.”
Possess wisdom to know difference between opportunity lost and possibility found. Johnson, an avid golfer, expertly swung himself out of his job loss bunker and found customers wanting his talents by taking same approach in his job search as he does in his sport. “Getting fired is like an awful day on golf course. You’ve got to stay in game, play holes, and adapt, improvise and overcome,” he says.