What To Do If You Get Fired From Your Job!

David Blog
by David Blog
Sep 11, 2019 at 2:13 PM

Hey did you recently get fired from your job? Are you unsure of what to do next? Don’t worry, chin up! It’s not the end of the world. When a door closes, another one opens, you just have to grab at the opportunity. Here’s some things to do if your boss “fries your fish”!



  1. Expand Your Network

  • Difficult as it may be to accept, there is one advantage to “getting your fish fried”...

  •  Everyone who just yesterday was a co-worker is now a networking contact. 

  • Almost everyone can sympathize with the newly laid-off, and your now-former colleagues will likely be as helpful as possible.

  •  Think about it, it is easier to ask your ex-colleague on asking about a job in a company which they used to work at (and you really want to work there) to help you do some networking than if you asked while you’re still working together!



  1. Say Your Goodbyes

  • If you can, don’t leave the office until you have your ex-colleagues contact information.

  •  The best way is to send a short goodbye email to anyone you’ve worked with.

  •  Keep it classy—now is not the time to bad-mouth your boss or the company’s latest project.

  •  You want to leave people with the impression that you are grateful, capable, and mature. 

  • Leave gracefully, and you’ll leave with your reputation, your friends, and your networking contacts.



  1. Keep Records of Your Work

  • Let’s say a big part of your job is designing PowerPoint presentations or events planning and managing.

  • Ask your supervisor if you can save a few as examples of your work and pictures of what you did.

  • This will be extremely valuable in future interviews when a prospective employer wants to see a sample presentation of what you have done.

  •  Do remember though, don’t save anything that has sensitive, financial, or otherwise confidential information, and don’t take anything without explicit permission from your boss, or this could end up backfiring in a big way.



  1. Reflect

  • Getting your fish fried is an opportunity to reflect.

    •  What parts of your old job did you like? 

    • What parts did you dislike? 

    • What kinds of skills do you want to develop further?

  •  Before you start looking for another job, keep in mind that it’s OK to be a bit picky. 

  • If you can reflect and process a bit on what you really want, you can more precisely target your informational interviews and applications for your next job.

  • If you do that you will feel like you ngam your next job more!



  1. Do Side Projects

  • It’s your first day without a job, so do something productive like…

    •  Learn how to cook.

    • Go to the gym.

    •  Pursue a hobby you’ve never had time for. 

  • This is a great opportunity to develop self-discipline as well as de-stress a bit.

  •  Being let go at a young age means you’ll be better prepared to deal with it later in life when you may have larger responsibilities, like having children.

  • You can also channel some of your free time into building new skills that will help your resume look even better. 

    • Want to move into a more technical position? Learn HTML or coding.

    • Shy in an industry full of big personalities? Take an acting or communications class.

    •  Use this time to grow—both as a complete person and as a future employee.



  1. Stay Positive

  • It’s easy to get discouraged while job hunting. 

  • Create smaller goals for yourself so you’ll feel some sense of accomplishment. 

    • For example, decide that you’ll contact three new people and apply to three jobs every day. 

    • The next time you’re feeling like there are “no jobs out there” or discouraged for “not trying hard enough,” you’ll see all the work you’ve done. 

  • Always remind yourself that your hard work will eventually pay off.



  1. Say Thank You

  • Keep a list of anyone who talks to you, meet with you or points you in some direction. 

  • When you do land that next job, it’s crucial that you thank everyone who helped you along the way. 

  • Send an email to your contacts thanking them for all their help and let them know where you end up on your path.


Getting “your fish fried” and ending up unemployed is one of the toughest things you can experience. But, the good news is that it can become an opportunity to redirect your career and clear your mind. With a little luck and a lot of patience, you will find another job—and maybe something even better than you had before.