Being fired from your job can be incredibly distressing for a few reasons. It is an awful feeling that your superior feels the need to dismiss you, plus you then have the financial implications that this can bring along with the fact that it might now be harder to find work. Being sacked is particularly shocking if you did not see it coming and you do not feel that the reason that you have been fired is justifiable. So, what should you do if you are sacked? This is not something that most people prepare for, so they do not know what to do. Read on for advice.
Try To Remain Calm
Your first reaction is likely to be a combination of anger, anxiety, frustration, and sorrow, but you need to try to remain calm initially. Try to compose yourself and ask the reasons for your dismissal, when your last day will be and negotiate terms of the dismissal.
Once you are able to leave the building, you need to find someone to provide emotional support. Getting sacked is incredibly upsetting no matter what the reason is, so you need to find a friend, family member, or co-worker that you can vent to and lean on for emotional support.
Find A Way To Relax
Similarly, you need to try to find a way to relax after being fired. Many people find that going for a run or some kind of exercise helps them to relax while also venting their frustration but you could also try your favourite hobby, eating your favourite meal, socialising or curling up with a good book.
See If You Qualify For Unemployment Benefits
Unless you were terminated for misconduct, you might find that you qualify for unemployment benefits which can help to provide some financial relief in the interim until you find a new job.
Consider Legal Action
If you believe that you have been fired unfairly or wrongly, then you should absolutely consider legal action. Employment law solicitors will be able to listen to your case and determine whether or not you could move forward with legal action. Winning your case can provide financial relief but also give you a mental health boost and confidence knowing that you were not in the wrong.
Start Job hunting
After going through such an ordeal, many people find it helpful to have some time off for relaxing if it is financially possible. You do not want to wait too long to start job hunting, though, so make sure that you update your resume, start looking at job boards and use your network to see if there are any opportunities elsewhere. If you are able to leave on good terms with your previous employer then it can be much easier to secure work.
Nobody expects to get fired, but these things do and can happen, and so while it is incredibly distressing to be terminated from your job, you need to know how to act. This is so that you do not cause any further damage and you can get back on your feet sooner rather than later.