How To Get References After Being Fired

One of the most devastating things that could happen to an individual is getting fired from a job. Loss of confidence and depression, feelings of hopelessness and discouragement coupled with guilt from losing a job, are just a few of the reactions expected in individuals who are caught in this particular situation.

Although it would be a realistic assumption that finding a new job after being fired is a slightly more difficult task, there is hope in sight. Adapting the right attitude in facing the new challenges ahead is a big step towards making things work out in the end. Getting a new job is not an impossibility. A little effort goes a long way.

  1. First of all, get rid of the “defeatist” attitude. Keep in mind that you can do whatever you set your mind to do. Be positive. Remember that you only attract the vibrations you send out.
  2. Look at other possibilities. You may have been working too long in one particular field and feel burned out. There could be a list of other job descriptions that you could excel in, one that could leave you more gratified than the last. Ask yourself what you really want to do and set out in fulfilling that dream.
  3. When writing up your resume, you do not have to mention that you were fired. If you have been working in this particular company for only a short period of time, you may not even have to add it to the list of companies you were employed in. Improve on your resume but keep it honest. Employers do find the time to check up on potential employees and honesty is still your best bet. Hiring a professional resume writer is definitely an option to be considered.
  4. For job application forms, focus more on the position you are applying for and why you think you are qualified for the job. Try and make a list of achievements to highlight qualifications you possess. Do not mention the reason you have been terminated unless asked. Faced with an interview, be honest and consistent with your responses. Try to avoid saying bad things about your past employer as this may backfire on you and be a reflection of a negative attitude. Take responsibility for your mistakes and show your willingness for improvement.
  5. Get back into the stream of networking. Sound off to friends that you are on the lookout for a job. They may know of job openings and give you a head start. Friends are great referrals too. Revisit your list of old references and ask them if they could help you out again. Whether your old employer can give you a good referral or not, it is absolutely imperative to check on former referrals as a source of information, people who can put in good words on your behalf.

Though being fired is not an ideal situation, it is not the end. In fact, it could be the beginning of a much better career ahead. Patience and persistence are key elements of success. Turn a negative situation to your advantage. There are no limits to what we can do if we face the challenges that lie ahead with courage and determination.


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