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?