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Last month, I was fired for the first time in my professional career.  The emotions that I felt during the “walk of shame” out to the car and the anxiety on the drive home is something that I will never forget.

 

Here are a few of the key lessons I gained from this experience:

1.    As Mark mentions in the "Getting Fired" podcast, “I am not my job.”  Tell others what happened, especially your family.  I am very fortunate to have a loving wife and son who were there for me when I needed them.

2.    Networking is your #1 tool for finding a job, period.  If you have been neglecting your network, I strongly recommend that you start by listening to the latest CT podcast, “Staying In Touch – Examples.”  In my case, I discovered that two key people provided positive referrals for me, without me asking.  One was a cousin who happened to be friends with my future boss and the other was a plant manger I worked for over ten years ago.

3.    And the coup de gras…if you are willing to do the work that it takes to gain a competitive advantage over the other applicants, get the Career Tools Interview Series podcasts.  I estimate my effectiveness employing these techniques at about 40%, yet I was able to confidently articulate my qualifications during all (5) of the interviews I had.

I start my new position tomorrow at a great company with a seemingly bright future.  The commute will be an additional 12 minutes each way, but I figure that I still have plenty of MT and CT podcasts to catch up on!

Maybe others can share their lessons learned from similar experiences?

 

 

thebeezer's picture

Congrats on making this transition so successfully. I've fortunately never had to face that situation, so I hope when that day comes I can handle it as well as you have.

chris.g.hess@gmail.com's picture

Skip,

Congrats.  Glad to see you didn't let your situaiton it keep you down.  Put on you big boy pants and went and kick some ass!