Getting Fired and Leaving… With Dignity

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The way we see it, there are two options for exiting a job: a) Remain calm and classy or b) Send a mass email about your bosses sexual fetishes he mistakenly told you after five eggnogs at last year’s Christmas party.

It’s you choice, but if you choose the first option we have some tips for you to carry the grunt.

“If you are under thirty, the likelihood that you will be fired in the next twenty years is 90 percent,” said Harvey Mackay, author of We Got Fired!…And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us. “[Getting fired] doesn’t say you’re bad. It says somebody thinks you’re not good enough. Sometimes the failure is clearly your fault. Even so, don’t drown yourself in self-pity.”

1st- The obvious first response would be to find out why you were fired. And yea, you should. Right then and there. Make sure to do it in a calm and collected way, but feel free to ask. What else do you have to lose?

2nd- Don’t burn bridges by hexing everyone associated with the old job. Make sure to reach out to your close contacts and let them know you’ve been “let go”, but would love to keep in touch.

3rd- Internalizing the reasons for being fired isn’t healthy…unless you were completely trifling on the job. If anything, use the reason for being fired to improve the characteristics that don’t work in the workplace.

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