Survivify: Work

How to Survivify: Getting Fired

Even though Donald Trump says it each week on The Apprentice to the excitement of millions of viewers, it is beyond painful to hear "You're fired." While it is obviously a difficult situation to face, do try to make the best of a bad situation.

Like dealing with any type of loss, you will experience anger (you think?), denial, and eventually acceptance; save the bargaining stage for your next salary negotiation! Fortunately, we have things for you to do while you go through this stressful time or otherwise plot and plan your revenge, er, your big return to the top. Share some of your own strategies while you're at it! And remember - you're definitely not alone.

Look on the bright side:

  • You get to sleep in...every day.
  • Misery loves company, and staffing cutbacks often happen in groups. Now you feel less lonely.
  • Meet new people. Tired of the same old folks? Interviewing introduces you to a whole new crowd.
  • No lines at the grocery store if you shop at 2 in the afternoon... or 2 in the morning for that matter.
  • Soap operas and subtitled Japanese game shows!
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Tips from the trenches:

  • Scoff at former employers!
  • Complain to strangers.
  • Be better at your job - consider going to conferences/trade shows while you have time, or even take a few classes.
  • Go for a hike - a good view and fresh air remind you there is a world outside the workplace.
  • Get a massage.
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Words of Wisdom

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill
The only advice I can give to a young person who has been fired is to keep chugging. Get a good job. Then do a better job of performing it. -Donald Trump
I got fired from jobs I should have been fired from. The lesson I learned was that I wasn't meant to do any of those things. -Robert Redford (via Harvey Mackay)