What Not to Say or Do If You’re Fired

When you get fired from your job, your emotions can get the best out of you. You may end up acting unprofessionally out of spite and revenge against your employer. However, regardless of why you got fired, there are some things you cannot say or do when you are fired.

To give you some examples, here they are below:

Don’t immediately talk about your severance pay before you process why you got fired

Time heals all wounds and in this case, going directly to the negotiating table before you even process that you got fired can only make your situation worse once you are out of the company.

Take a day or so to get your mind together before you negotiate for your severance package. This will show the company that you are open to compromise, especially if the reason for your situation is due to corporate shifts and so on.

Don’t deny the company your services during the transition

When companies remove workers from their roster, there will be a transition period so the company can support the position you will leave until they sort it out.

During this period, don’t deny your services to help the company with the transition. This will help you get their favour and get a positive recommendation for your next job.

They may even reach out again to you if the position becomes vacant again.

Don’t be afraid to request a recommendation

When you are discussing your separation agreement with your former boss, ask them if they will be ok in giving you a recommendation so you can apply for a new job.

Their recommendation can help your new employer see how well you did for the other company. What some bosses do is that they will skim over your flaws and highlight your strengths in their recommendation letter.

Only if you asked nicely.

Don’t vent on social media

If you have something to say about your former bosses or co-workers, don’t ever vent on social media. While social media is now a good way to reach out to people, anything you post can easily be shared with your previous or current employer.

If your future employer sees your rants against your former employers, they will be hesitant to hire you since your posts can also damage your relationships with your new co-workers.

This is not to mention that you may just breach a confidentiality clause in your previous contract and open wide up for lawsuits.

Don’t ever lie

Lies can break your career, especially if you are applying to a new job. If you lie about why you were fired from your job, it will be a sign that they can’t trust you much.

Some companies do ask their applicant’s previous employers for a reference. If your interview ends up on why you were fired, say the truth and offer solutions so the mistakes you made in your previous job won’t happen against.

Don’t give up

When you get fired, it can be difficult to find a new job. It can take months before you can land a new job and you may not have enough for your bills and other financial obligations. If you don’t get accepted in the job you applied for, it can affect your confidence.

Before you sort out your next move, plan and stay strong. It may take a while, but with hard work, you will be able to get another job to help you out.

In Other Words…

It is painful to lose your job, especially if you know you don’t deserve it. However, you shouldn’t let it get you down because there are other opportunities out there that you can do. If you let your emotions get to you, it may lead to consequences that can cost you in the long run.

To help you get back on your feet, here are some tips to help you:
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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Ultra says:

    Very useful and good advice.

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  2. Simon says:

    Thats a great piece of advice. Some people i have seen behave crazy with all the mistakes in their name, they still pretend to be genuine and create attention on them. This post will help these kind of people to understand and workout for a better future. Well said Kally! ✨👌 Awesome post..

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much for your encouragement, Simon.

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  3. Gregoryno6 says:

    Having been through a long period where I believed all my bosses were idiots, I realised a few years back that I needed to change. When I got the news six weeks ago on my contract I behaved like an adult: accepted the news gracefully (I was half expecting it) and asked for assistance on my resume which my manager and HR lady were happy to provide.
    Since then though I’ve been getting a little ticked off that no announcement was made to the staff in general. I spoke to my manager today and she spoke to HR The result was a ‘Greg is leaving’ email to everyone AAAAND a couple of extra days work. I’ll finish on Friday 6/12 instead of Wednesday 4/12.
    And I really think I’m starting to get the hang of this being an adult thing. I thanked my manager for the extra work, and asked right away if there was any specific task she wanted me to focus on. There was. Not too hard a task either. She’s going to be my first referee in my job hunting so I’m pleased that I haven’t alienated her the way I have alienated previous superiors (many of whom in fact WERE idiots).

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    1. Kally says:

      What a positive way to go, Gregory! You have made yourself an ally instead of enemy. Good for you. Thank you for sharing this and inspire us.

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  4. Terrific Advice Kally, THANKS!

    Honesty and a closed moth are the best response.

    What is done is finished; move on. Keep good-byes short and do NOT make excuses or degrade the company (even if your being truthful.)

    End clean to START clean

    Then get to work finding suitable employment.
    God Bless,

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  5. This is a great follow-up to the list of things to do if you get fired. It’s important to keep in mind both the “do” and “don’t” side of any process, and especially one as tenuous as being fired. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much for your comment!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Very informative!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. I like the advice you dish out here. It is very helpful.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much.


  8. Kelly Curtis says:

    Great advice Kally! Take care and thank you for following.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you Kelly and welcome to MiddleMe!

      Liked by 1 person

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